It exasperated her to think that the dungeon in which she had languished for so many unhappy years had been unlocked all the time, and that the impulses she had so carefully struggled with and stifled for the sake of keeping well with society, were precisely those by which alone she could have come
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. 1
Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.
If you are attacked as regards your style, never reply; it is for your work alone to make answer.
Whatever you do, trample down abuses, and love those who love you. Different translation: Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing superstition, and love those who love you.
Common sense is not so common.
Fanaticism, to which men are so much inclined, has always served not only to render them more brutalized but more wicked.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.
True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.
You're a bitter man," said Candide. That's because I've lived," said Martin.
Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
All the arts are brothers; each one is a light to the others.
Men must have somewhat altered the course of nature; for they were not born wolves, yet they have become wolves. God did not give them twenty-four-pounders or bayonets, yet they have made themselves bayonets and guns to destroy each other. In the same category I place not only bankruptcies, but the
History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
say, "Believe as I do, or I shall assassinate you
Why, since we are always complaining of our ills, are we constantly employed in redoubling them?
You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.
It is the first law of friendship that it has to be cultivated. The second is to be indulgent when the first law is neglected.
I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.
Those who are absent, by its means become present; it [mail] is the consolation of life.