It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.
I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.
Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide?
Do I dare set forth here the most important, the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time, but to squander it.
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.
O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.
The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.