Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common consent what is good or bad.
Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
Will and intellect are one and the same thing.
Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.
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.