It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.
The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.
Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.
Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.
It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.