True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.
Quote by Voltaire
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This poem will never reach its destination.
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.
This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
A wise woman knows how to summon her courage and do what is right, rather than what is easy.
His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
I try to give the media as many confusing images as I can to retain my freedom. What's real is for my children and the people I live with.
To think is of itself to be useful it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.
If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.
I have to say that when you tour the world, obviously, the jetlags and different hours and ways of living and traveling, a lot of hours in the plane, and you wake up in the morning and you're not quite sure where you are, and it is very tiring.
That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.