It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn’t have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
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.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
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.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?
The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well, and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards.
Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men’s judgments of one another.