Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one's country is to wish harm to one's neighbors.



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The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbor's, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

Reading nurtures the soul, and an enlightened friend brings it solace.

Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom.

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.

A river always leads to some inhabited spot. If we do not find pleasant things we shall at least find new things.

Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.

I don't agree with a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

There is the history of opinions which is hardly anything but a collection of human errors.

In cities where peace and the arts flourish, men are more consumed by jealousy, worry, and anxiety than they are in cities under the blight of a besieging army. Private sorrows are more bitter than public suffering.

A witty saying proves nothing.