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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.
[Desire]
 

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

Genius is nothing but continued attention.
[Attention]
 

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

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.
[Passion]
 

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.
[Censorship]
 

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

Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.
[Virtue]