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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

The fate of a nation has often depended upon the good or bad digestion of a prime minister.

I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.

Sir, your remarks are repugnant to me, and I disagree with your viewpoints. But I will defend to the death your right to express them.

I hate women because they always know where things are.

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.

Satire lies about literary men while they live, and eulogy lies about them when they die.

The husband who desires to surprise is often very much surprised himself.

When it is a matter of money, all men are of the same religion.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities.

God is always on the side of the strongest battalion.

Smart tyrants retire rich.

Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

The most courageous decision that you can make each day is to be in a good mood.

He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend provided, of course, he really is dead.

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.

God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

This poem will never reach its destination.
(on Rousseau's Ode to Posterity)

You must have the devil in you to succeed in any of the arts.

Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice and need.

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient, whilst Mother Nature takes care of the cure.

The earth swarms with people who are not worth talking to.

All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

Where some states have an army, the Prussian army has a state.

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

A woman can keep one secret - the secret of her age.

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.

Once people begin to reason, all is lost.

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all, and others to persecute those who reason.

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part, the rest are lost in the multitude.

The secret of being boring is to say everything.

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

The secret of being tiresome is to tell everything.

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

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