The further I go, the more I am confirmed in the idea that systems of metaphysics are for philosophers are what novels are for women.
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
All men are by nature free; you have therefore an undoubted liberty to depart whenever you please, but will have many and great difficulties to encounter in passing the frontiers.
The beauty which strikes the senses merely, the imagination, and that which is called "intelligence," is.
Upon what does happiness depend? said Zadig; I am persecuted by everything in the world, even on account of beings that have no existence.
A man loved by a beautiful woman will always get out of trouble.
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life.
Fools admire everything in an author of reputation.