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.
It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
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.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices.