Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so also.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.