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To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.
All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
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.
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.
Injustice in the end produces independence.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.
Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.
We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
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.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
The ear is the avenue to the heart.
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.
Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.