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Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 11/21/1694




 

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Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound.
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The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
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The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything.
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Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
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The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.
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The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
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I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
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It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.
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It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
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Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
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The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
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Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.
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Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
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The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
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The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.
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The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
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Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
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It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
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I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.
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Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
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Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
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The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
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It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
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History should be written as philosophy.
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An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
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