Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity
The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities is an enthusiast; the man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic.
All styles are good except the boring kind.
Happiness grows in our own gardens, and it is not to be picked up in strangers garden.
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
Topics: Adversity, Attitude, Bores, Life, Boredom
Once the people begin to reason, all is lost
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.
Nothing is so common as to imitate one’s enemies, and to use their weapons.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny; it says more, and in fewer words, than prose.
The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.
Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror. Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world. If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities. Superstition, born of paganism and adopted by Judaism, invested the Christian Church from earliest times. All the fathers of the Church, without exception, believed in the power of magic. The Church always condemned magic, but she always believed in it: she did not excommunicate sorcerers as madmen who were mistaken, but as men who were really in communication with the devil. Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
Prejudices are the reason of fools.
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.
Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
When one man speaks to another man who doesn’t understand him, and when the man who’s speaking no longer understands, it’s metaphysics.
In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
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