Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.

I perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me.

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.

Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.

Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.

I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.

Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.

I only see clearly what I remember.

Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is.

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

To live is not merely to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties - of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence.

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.

The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.

I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles.

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about what we don't know.

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.

It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.

The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.

Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.

O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.

No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.

I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.

Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.

Nature does not deceive us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you.