Quotes

11 November 2014
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
11 November 2014
The first man, who after enclosing a piece of ground, took it into his head to say, this is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
11 November 2014
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
11 November 2014
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.
11 November 2014
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
11 November 2014
Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.
11 November 2014
Everything that comes out of the hands of the Creator of all things is good, everything degenerates in the hands of man.
11 November 2014
I hate books; they only teach us to talk about what we don't know.
11 November 2014
Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.
11 November 2014
It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.

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