One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures.
Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
My ideas are my whores.
Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.
If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal.
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.