Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Category: Taxes And Taxation
Tears are the silent language of grief.
Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.
They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.
Category: Thoughts And Thinking
It is only through timidity that states are lost.
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.
To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.
Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
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.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.
Category: Writers And Writing