I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.
Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
Desire is the essence of a man.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.
I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.