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Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.
Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds.
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
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