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Swiss philosopher and writer
(1712 - 1778)
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A bluestocking is the scourge of her husband, children, friends, servants, and every one.
      - [Women]

Abstaining so as really to enjoy, is the epicurism, the very perfection, of reason.
      - [Abstinence]

Abstract truth is the eye of reason.
      - [Truth]

Anticipation and Hope are born twins.
      - [Anticipation]

As a general thing we obtain very surely and very speedily what we are not too anxious to obtain.
      - [Desire]

Conscience is the voice of the soul, the passions are the voice of the body. Is it astonishing that often these two languages contradict each other, and then to which must we listen? Too often reason deceives us; we have only too much acquired the right of refusing to listen to it; but conscience never deceives us; it is the true guide of man; it is to man what instinct is to the body; which follows it, obeys nature, and never is afraid of going astray.
      - [Conscience]

Consolation indiscreetly pressed upon us, when we are suffering undue affliction, only serves to increase our pain, and to render our grief more poignant.
      - [Conspiracy]

Education is either from nature, from man, or from things; the developing of our faculties and organs is the education of nature; that of man is the application we learn to make of this very developing; and that of things is the experience we acquire in regard to the different objects by which we are affected. All that we have not at our birth, and that we stand in need of at the years of maturity, is the gift of education.
      - [Education]

Equality is deemed by many a mere speculative chimera, which can never be reduced to practice. But if the abuse is inevitable, does it follow that we ought not to try at least to mitigate it? It is precisely because the force of things tends always to destroy equality that the force of the legislature must always tend to maintain it.
      - [Equality]

Even knaves may be made good for something.
      - [Knavery]

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man. There are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and she makes neither princes, nor rich men, not lords.
      - [Titles]

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither princes nor rich men nor great lords.
      - [Nature]

Falsehood is susceptible of an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
      - [Falsehood]

Fame is but the breath of the people, and that often unwholesome.
      - [Fame]

General abstract truth is the most precious of all blessings; without it, man is blind; it is the eye of reason.
      - [Truth]

Generally we obtain very surely and very speedily what we are not too anxious to obtain.
      - [Anxiety]

Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease; delicacy is not debility; nor must a woman be sick in order to please. Infirmity, and sickness may excite our pity, but desire and pleasure require the bloom and vigor of health.
      - [Grace]

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.
      - [Gratitude]

Happiness--a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
      - [Happiness]

He who is the most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it.
      - [Promises]

Her pleasures are in the happiness of her family.
      - [Wives]

Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage, as the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.
      - [Heroes]

I go to see the sun for the last time.
  [Fr., Je m'em vais voir le soleil pour la derniere fois.]
      - [Death : Last Words]

I think we cannot too strongly attack superstition, which is the disturber of society; nor too highly respect genuine religion, which is the support of it.
      - [Superstition]

If all were perfect Christians, individuals would do their duty; the people would be obedient to the laws, the magistrates incorrupt, and there would be neither vanity nor luxury in such a state.
      - [Christian]

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