Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.
There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.
Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.