To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it
If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts
Useless laws weaken necessary laws
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Peace is a natural effect of trade
I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
Virtue has need of limits
An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on boring future generations
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
It is always the adventurous who accomplish great things
No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ