It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.
Anything too stupid to be said is sung.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
Fear follows crime and is its punishment.
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.