His hands would plait the priests guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
Virtue is praised, but hated. People run from it, for it is ice-cold and in this world you have to keep your feet warm.
We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.
The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.
The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
Black-letter record of the ages.
Impenetrable in their dissimulation, cruel in their vengeance, tenacious in their purposes, unscrupulous as to their methods, animated by profound and hidden hatred for the tyranny of man—it is as though there exists among them an ever-present conspiracy toward domination, a sort of alliance like that subsisting among the priests of every country.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
Good music is very close to primitive language.
I like better for one to say some foolish thing upon important matters than to be silent. That becomes the subject of discussion and dispute, and the truth is discovered.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
It is the man who is cool and collected, who is master of his countenance, his voice, his actions, his gestures, of every part, who can work upon others at his pleasure.
Distance is a great promoter of admiration!.
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