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The best doctor is the one you run for and can't find.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
People stop thinking when they cease to read.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
Distance is a great promoter of admiration!
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and ... people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.
If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal.
Scepticism is the first step towards truth.
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.
Isn't it better to have men be ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good?
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
One cannot get rid of a good education, nor, unfortunately, of a bad one, which often is such because one has not wanted to defray the expenses of a good one.
Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
Only passions great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.
One swallows the lie that flatters, but sips the bitter truth drop by drop.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings.
Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths.
You have to make it happen.
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious.