I've decided to be happy because it's good for my health.
Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.
What can be more absurd than choosing to carry a burden that one really wants to throw to the ground? To detest, and yet to strive to preserve our existence? To caress the serpent that devours us and hug him close to our bosoms tillhe has gnawed into our hearts?