There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance... the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.
People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout.
The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.
Each particular society begins to feel its strength, whence arises a state of war between different nations.
There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude... we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.
Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.
Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit at the expense of one's better nature.
The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.
When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy.
Although born in a prosperous realm, we did not believe that its boundaries should limit our knowledge, and that the lore of the East should alone enlighten us.
In bodies moved, the motion is received, increased, diminished, or lost, according to the relations of the quantity of matter and velocity; each diversity is uniformity, each change is constancy.
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.
A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.
As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses the sense of his weakness; equality ceases, and then commences the state of war.
But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?
You have to study a great deal to know a little.