A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.
I read these words which are the sum of all moral philosophy, and which cut short all the disputes of the casuists: When in doubt if an action is good or bad, refrain.
A physician is an unfortunate gentleman who is every day required to perform a miracle; namely to reconcile health with intemperance.
What will the preachers say? .. to teach men not to persecute men: for, while a few sanctimonious humbugs are burning a few fanatics, the earth opens and swallows up all alike.
Among the illusions which have invested our civilization is an absolute belief that the solutions to our problems must be a more determined application of rationally organized expertise... The reality is that our problems are largely the product of that application.
In all the disputes which have excited Christians against each other, Rome has invariably decided in favor of that opinion which tended most towards the suppression of the human intellect and the annihilation of the reasoning powers.
Hope should no more be a virtue than fear; we fear and we hope, according to what is promised or threatened us.
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.
True prayer lies not in asking for a violation of natural law but in the acceptance of natural law as the unchangeable will of God.
It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera.
It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.
And to every man has been assigned a good and an evil angel; one assisting him and the other annoying him, from his cradle to his coffin.
When man was put into the garden of eden, he was put there with the idea that he should work the land; and this proves that man was not born to be idle.
I also know that we must cultivate our garden. For when man was put in the Garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum, to work; which proves that man was not born for rest.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.
Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.
Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any expirienced in a town when it is under siege.
It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
Optimism, said Cacambo, What is that? Alas! replied Candide, It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.
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.
Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.
This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.
The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
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.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him; let us worship God through Jesus if we must -- if ignorance has so far prevailed that this name can still be spoken in all seriousness without being taken as a synonym for rapine and carnage. Every sensible man, every honourable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.