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.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted 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.
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.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.
Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.