There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors....But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity.
Genius is nothing but continued attention.
To limit the press is to insult a nation to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
We don't call a man mad who believes that he eats God, but we do the one who says he is Jesus Christ
Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy
Education made us what we are
Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it.
By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
The man who believes he can do it is probably right
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers, which are always repulsed by the anvil
All men have an equal disposition for understanding.
No nation has reason to regard itself superior to others by virtue of its innate endowment.