Better is the enemy of good.
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
History should be written as philosophy.
An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
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.
Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
Tears are the silent language of grief.
The best is the enemy of the good.
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.
The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.