It is said that the present is pregnant with the future
I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
There are moral as well as physical assassinations.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.
Superstitious man is to the rogue what the slave is to the tyrant
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
Only your friends steal your books