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




 

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I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.
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Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
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To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
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He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.
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When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
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The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.
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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
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Common sense is not so common.
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We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
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Tears are the silent language of grief.
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We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.
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Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
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Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
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Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
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If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him.
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Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.
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The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
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The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
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If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
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Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
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He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
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Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
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In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
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Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
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Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.
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