All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God.
Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
When men do not have healthy notions of the Divinity, false ideas supplant them, just as in bad times one uses counterfeit money when there is no good money.
Such is the feebleness of humanity, such is its perversity, that doubtless it is better for it to be subject to all possible superstitions, as long as they are not murderous, than to live without religion.
Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
Religion was instituted to make us happy in this life and in the other. What must we do to be happy in the life to come? Be just.
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
Clever tyrants are never punished.
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
Every one should be his own physician. We ought to assist, and not to force nature. Eat with moderation...Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest. What medicine can procure digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep.
Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.
To achieve a goal, a dream, a wish, you must plan it out for success!
Every man can educate himself. It's shameful to put one's mind into the hands of those whom you wouldn't entrust with your money. Dare to think for yourself.
So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Dont think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.
If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
The interest I have to believe a thing is no proof that such a thing exists.
Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion
Whosoever does not know how to recognize the faults of great men is incapable of estimating their perfections.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.
Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
Common sense is not so common.
War is the greatest of all crimes; and yet there is no aggressor who does not color his crime with the pretext of justice.
What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on...
I hate women because they always know where things are.
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
Descartes constructed as noble a road of science, from the point at which he found geometry to that to which he carried it, as Newton himself did after him. ... He carried this spirit of geometry and invention into optics, which under him became a completely new art.
It is with books as with the fires of our grates, everybody borrows a light from his neighbor to kindle his own, which in turn is communicated to others, and each partakes of all.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.