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What is the good of experience if you do not reflect?
– Frederick the Great
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.
He who defends everything defends nothing.
Don’t forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
Every man has a wild beast within him.
A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.
The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
Rogues, would you live forever?
An educated people can be easily governed.