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God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

This poem will never reach its destination.
(on Rousseau's Ode to Posterity)

You must have the devil in you to succeed in any of the arts.

Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice and need.

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient, whilst Mother Nature takes care of the cure.

The earth swarms with people who are not worth talking to.

All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

Where some states have an army, the Prussian army has a state.

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

A woman can keep one secret - the secret of her age.

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.

Once people begin to reason, all is lost.

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all, and others to persecute those who reason.

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part, the rest are lost in the multitude.

The secret of being boring is to say everything.

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

The secret of being tiresome is to tell everything.

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
(on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan)

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

A witty saying proves nothing.

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

The best is the enemy of the good.

God gave us the gift of lie; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

Common sense is not so common.

Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.

Whatever you do, stamp out abuses, and love those who love you.

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

A long dispute means both parties are wrong.

The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

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