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The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is, not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be ashamed of.
 

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
 

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.
 

The works of nature must all be accounted good.
 

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
[Study]
 

There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.
 

There is in superstition a senseless fear of God.
[Superstition]
 

There is no being of any race who, if he finds the proper guide, cannot attain to virtue.
 

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.
 

There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften.
[Grief]
 

There is not a moment without some duty.
[Duty]
 

There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.
 

There is nothing which wings its flight so swiftly as calumny, nothing which is uttered with more ease; nothing is listened to with more readiness, nothing dispersed more widely.
[Slander]
 

There is something in the nature of things which the mind of man, which reason, which human power cannpt effect, and certainly that which produces this must be better than man. What can this be but God?
[God]
 

There is something pleasurable in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.
[Sorrow]
 

There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.
[Wickedness]
 

There is, I know not how, in the minds of men, a certain presage, as it were, of a future existence, and this takes the deepest root, and is most discoverable in the greatest geniuses and most exalted souls.
 

They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.
 

Think not that guilt requires the burning torches of the furies to agitate and torment it. - Frauds, crimes, remembrances of the past and terrors of the future, these are the domestic furies that are ever present to the minds of the impious.
[Remorse]
 

This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.
 


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