Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.
The days of the revolution now give place to the period of regular organization, liberty, and prosperity, which that revolution guarantees. Thus, when everything concurs for the pacification of internal troubles, the threats of the enemies of France must, in the face of the public happiness, appear even to themselves insensate.
It seems the most logical thing in the world to believe that the natural resources of the Earth, upon which the race depends for food, clothing and shelter, should be owned collectively by the race instead of being the private property of a few social parasites.
In its entirety, probably, it follows us at every instant; all that we have felt, thought and willed from our earliest infancy is there, leaning over the present which is about to join it, pressing against the portals of consciousness that would fain leave it outside.
Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?
Agatha Christie never wrote books that just started with a dead body, and a ‘Let’s find out who the murderer is’, which is kind of mysterious but not that mysterious. She always started with, ‘How can this thing be happening; isn’t it strange?’
Show me the country that has no strikes and I’ll show you the country in which there is no liberty.
Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
I criticize those critics. The reason being that they’re doing one of the worst things that ever can be done to an actor, which is to say, Look, you do what we like you to do or else.