What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step toward truth.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.
The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.