The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.
Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
Pity is treason.
Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.