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"Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest." Make picture quote!
"Do well and you will have no need for ancestors." Make picture quote!
"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." Make picture quote!
"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." Make picture quote!
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." Make picture quote!
"Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient." Make picture quote!
"Clever tyrants are never punished." Make picture quote!
"Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause." Make picture quote!
"Business is the salt of life." Make picture quote!
"Fear follows crime and is its punishment." Make picture quote!
"By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property." Make picture quote!
"The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it." Make picture quote!
"The ear is the avenue to the heart." Make picture quote!
"The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days." Make picture quote!
"The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work." Make picture quote!
"The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire." Make picture quote!
"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself." Make picture quote!
"The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination." Make picture quote!
"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion." Make picture quote!
"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all." Make picture quote!
"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination." Make picture quote!
"The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs." Make picture quote!
"The multitude of books is making us ignorant." Make picture quote!
"The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year." Make picture quote!
"The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error." Make picture quote!
"The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it." Make picture quote!
"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death." Make picture quote!
"The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great." Make picture quote!
"Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare." Make picture quote!
"Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable." Make picture quote!
"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another." Make picture quote!
"Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound." Make picture quote!
"Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts." Make picture quote!
"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time." Make picture quote!
"Prejudices are what fools use for reason." Make picture quote!
"The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out." Make picture quote!
"Society therefore is an ancient as the world." Make picture quote!
"The best is the enemy of the good." Make picture quote!
"Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth." Make picture quote!
"Tears are the silent language of grief." Make picture quote!
"The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in." Make picture quote!
"The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil." Make picture quote!
"The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third." Make picture quote!
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." Make picture quote!
"The superfluous, a very necessary thing." Make picture quote!
"Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die." Make picture quote!
"We never live; we are always in the expectation of living." Make picture quote!
"The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything." Make picture quote!
"We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature." Make picture quote!
"We are rarely proud when we are alone." Make picture quote!
"We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly." Make picture quote!
"We cannot wish for that we know not." Make picture quote!
"We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard." Make picture quote!
"Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors." Make picture quote!
"We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved." Make picture quote!
"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy." Make picture quote!
"Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels." Make picture quote!
"What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature." Make picture quote!
"What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking." Make picture quote!
"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion." Make picture quote!
"Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors." Make picture quote!
"Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life." Make picture quote!
"We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest." Make picture quote!
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Make picture quote!
"One great use of words is to hide our thoughts." Make picture quote!
"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it." Make picture quote!
"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason." Make picture quote!
"The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence." Make picture quote!
"The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker." Make picture quote!
"There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times." Make picture quote!
"Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool." Make picture quote!
"This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it." Make picture quote!
"The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice." Make picture quote!
"Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable." Make picture quote!
"To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd." Make picture quote!
"To hold a pen is to be at war." Make picture quote!
"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered." Make picture quote!
"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth." Make picture quote!
"To the wicked, everything serves as pretext." Make picture quote!
"Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them." Make picture quote!
"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too." Make picture quote!
"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." Make picture quote!
"Injustice in the end produces independence." Make picture quote!
"I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow." Make picture quote!
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it." Make picture quote!
"I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it." Make picture quote!
"I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil." Make picture quote!
"I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms." Make picture quote!
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Make picture quote!
"If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated." Make picture quote!
"I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom." Make picture quote!
"If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him." Make picture quote!
"Illusion is the first of all pleasures." Make picture quote!
"In every author let us distinguish the man from his works." Make picture quote!
"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another." Make picture quote!
"In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation." Make picture quote!
"In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others." Make picture quote!
"Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes." Make picture quote!
"Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal." Make picture quote!
"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked." Make picture quote!
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous." Make picture quote!
"Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce." Make picture quote!
"Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent." Make picture quote!
"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." Make picture quote!
"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." Make picture quote!
"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best." Make picture quote!
"I hate women because they always know where things are." Make picture quote!
"He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise." Make picture quote!
"Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?" Make picture quote!
"He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first." Make picture quote!
"He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead." Make picture quote!
"He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it." Make picture quote!
"He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad." Make picture quote!
"History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes." Make picture quote!
"History should be written as philosophy." Make picture quote!
"How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted." Make picture quote!
"Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers." Make picture quote!
"Nature has always had more force than education." Make picture quote!
"Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes." Make picture quote!
"Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same." Make picture quote!
"Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." Make picture quote!
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." Make picture quote!
"Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity." Make picture quote!
"Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him." Make picture quote!
"Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable." Make picture quote!
"My life is a struggle." Make picture quote!
"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." Make picture quote!
"Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument." Make picture quote!
"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking." Make picture quote!
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." Make picture quote!
"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense." Make picture quote!
"Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men." Make picture quote!
"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe." Make picture quote!
"Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts." Make picture quote!
"It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one." Make picture quote!
"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." Make picture quote!
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Make picture quote!
"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." Make picture quote!
"It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere." Make picture quote!
"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us." Make picture quote!
"It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce." Make picture quote!
"One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose." Make picture quote!
"It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love." Make picture quote!
"It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it." Make picture quote!
"It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue." Make picture quote!
"It is said that the present is pregnant with the future." Make picture quote!
"It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow." Make picture quote!
"It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape." Make picture quote!
"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." Make picture quote!
"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind." Make picture quote!
"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung." Make picture quote!
"All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God." Make picture quote!
"All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." Make picture quote!
"All styles are good except the tiresome kind." Make picture quote!
"All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women." Make picture quote!
"An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination." Make picture quote!
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." Make picture quote!
"Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel." Make picture quote!
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Make picture quote!
"Better is the enemy of good." Make picture quote!
"What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy." Make picture quote!
"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law." Make picture quote!
"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." Make picture quote!
"A witty saying proves nothing." Make picture quote!
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one." Make picture quote!
"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. " Make picture quote!
"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. " Make picture quote!
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." Make picture quote!
"I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it." Make picture quote!
"Love truth, and pardon error." Make picture quote!
"Men are equal it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." Make picture quote!
"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Make picture quote!
"Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty." Make picture quote!
"Work saves us from three great evils boredom, vice and need." Make picture quote!
"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need." Make picture quote!
"You despise books you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books." Make picture quote!




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