Dying, we tell ourselves, is like going to sleep. This figure of speech occurs very commonly in everyday thought and language, as well as in the literature of many cultures and many ages. It was apparently quite common even in the time of the ancient Greeks.
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
If it is true that there is always more than one way of construing a text, it is not true that all interpretations are equal.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
The very idea of law originates in men’s natural rights. There is no other standard, than natural rights, by which civil law can be measured. Law has always been the name of that rule or principle of justice, which protects those rights. Thus we speak of natural law.
Religion is a reassurance – in fact, that’s its only purpose.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.