If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.

It is always the adventurous who accomplish great things.

I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.

No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.

In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.

The love of democracy is that of equality.

The less men think, the more they talk.

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

In the state of nature...all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.

We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.