We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children.
The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
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.
There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.
The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.
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!
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.