It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
More quotes by Voltaire
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
More quotes about Wisdom
The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have our difference: to be n hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage?
Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure