Religion is the idol of the mob it adores everything it does not understand.
My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.
A man who seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society
The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.
The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks
Superstition is the weakness of the human mind; it is inherent in that mind; it has always been, and always will be
Diplomacy without arms is like a concert without a score
As to your Newton, I confess I do not understand his void and his gravity; I admit he has demonstrated the movement of the heavenly bodies with more exactitude than his forerunners; but you will admit it is an absurdity to maintain the existence of Nothing.
An educated people can be easily governed.
Every man has a wild beast within him.
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.