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Claude Adrien Helvetius Quotes

A French philosopher and littérateur.
(1715 - 1771)

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.

Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy.

Genius is nothing but continued attention.

Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers, which are always repulsed by the anvil.

It is the strong passions which, rescuing us from sloth, can alone impart to us that continuous and earnest attention necessary to great intellectual effort.

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.

Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it.

Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.