A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.
The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations.
I think; therefore I am.
The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
When it is not in our power to determine what it true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.
An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.
The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
Everything is self-evident.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.