Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
We have gotten away from this double aspect of either putting the character back into historical events or of making a historical event of his very life.
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
Protestants in France are under intolerable despotism. Although open persecution does not now exist, yet it depends upon the whim of the king, queen, parliament, or any of the ministry.
To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.