I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Quote by Voltaire
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To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered.
Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Work saves us from three great evils boredom, vice and need.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.
The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.
Prejudice is opinion without judgement.
True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.
There is a story of thousand words behind every poem.
People can try to reinvent themselves. I don't think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you've done up to now.
Men and women who know the brutal reality of war, who know that war strips people of their very humanity, must unite in a new global partnership for peace.
The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
The day I accepted how different I was from the others, was the day I realised how special I was in a lifetime.
When we see the face of a child, we think of the future. We think of their dreams about what they might become, and what they might accomplish.
As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.