We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.
Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.
Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is.
The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature; and that man will be myself.
The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.