Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
A witty saying proves nothing.
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.
Tears are the silent language of grief.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
All styles are good except the tiresome kind.
It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.
Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal.