Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Quote by Voltaire
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Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.
Once the people begin to reason, all is lost.
All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.
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
Love truth, and pardon error.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.
The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman nor an Empire.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
Peace if possible, truth at all costs.
I did, although I didn't read from page 1 to page 187 but I read chunks of it. I did a little bit of science when I was in the university so I was able to understand the graphs and pie charts and stuff like that. It was extremely dry.
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
There are three classes of men lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
I really, specifically, love acting, and I think it's a really cool thing to be really indulgent and follow that. I have a lot of ambitions in life, but for the next few years, I just want to be an actor. That's a lucky opportunity, and that drives me to want to be good at that.
It's easy to impress me. I don't need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I'm happy. I'm satisfied. I'm content.
The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.