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If this world were what it seems it should be, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.
If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him. But all nature cries aloud that He does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres. (In this country England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. from Candide)
Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think the work is the product of a drunken savage's imagination.
A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.
It is not known precisely where angels dwell-whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
Only now did I become throughly acquainted with the seducer of our people. It is not the inequality which is the real misfortune, it is the dependance.
People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it.
Right now I think censorship is necessary the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.
There has never been a perfect government, because men have passions and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for government.
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