I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
[History is] little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
The voice of history is often little more than the organ of hatred or flattery.
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
The first of earthly blessings, independence.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.
Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive
We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.
A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against the enterprise of an aspiring prince.