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The mirror is a... The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.
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The more I read,... The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
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The more often a... The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.
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The most important decision... The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.
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The mouth obeys poorly... The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
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The multitude of books... The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
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The opportunity for doing... The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
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The progress of rivers... The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
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The public is a... The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.
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The safest course is... The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
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The secret of being... The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
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The secret of being... The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything.
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The sovereign is called... The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
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The superfluous, a very... The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
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The true triumph of... The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
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The truths of religion... The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
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The world embarrasses me,... The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
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There are truths which... There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
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Think for yourself and... Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.
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Think for yourselves and... Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
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This self-love is the... This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
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Those who can make... Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
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Time, which alone makes... Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
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To believe in God... To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
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To the living we... To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
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To the wicked, everything... To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
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Tyrants have always some... Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
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Use, do not abuse...... Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
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Very learned women are... Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
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Very often, say what... Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.
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We are all full... We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.
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We are rarely proud... We are rarely proud when we are alone.
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We cannot always oblige;... We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.
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We cannot wish for... We cannot wish for that we know not.
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We have a natural... We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
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We must cultivate our... We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.
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We must distinguish between... We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
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We never live; we... We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
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Weakness on both sides... Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.
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What a heavy burden... What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.
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What is tolerance? It... What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
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What most persons consider... What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
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What then do you... What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.
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When he to whom... When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
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When it is a... When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
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When men do not... When men do not have healthy notions of the Divinity, false ideas supplant them, just as in bad times one uses counterfeit money when there is no good money.
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Wherever there is a... Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
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Who serves his country... Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
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Woe to the makers... Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
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