Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.
What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.
When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.
It is not religion but revolution which is the opium of the people.
Gregorian chant, Romanesque architecture, the Iliad, the invention of geometry were not, for the people through whom they were brought into being and made available to us, occasions for the manifestation of personality.
Although people seem to be unaware of it today, the development of the faculty of attention forms the real object and almost the sole interest of studies.
The Hebrews took for their idol, not something made of metal or wood, but a race, a nation, something just as earthly. Their religion is essentially inseparable from such idolatry, because of the notion of the 'chosen people'.