I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise.
No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
Peace is a natural effect of trade.
I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
The less men think, the more they talk.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.
If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
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