Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.
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The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children.
It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful.
There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.
The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.
Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step toward truth.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.