Peace is a natural effect of trade.
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.
In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Weak minds exaggerate too much the wrong done to the Africans.
If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman… because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.