No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.
His hands would plait the priests guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
- Voltaire French Philosopher, Author
- Georges Bataille French Philosopher
- Marquis de Sade French Political leader
- Albert Camus Algerian-born French Philosopher
- Jean-Paul Sartre French Philosopher
- Simone de Beauvoir French Philosopher
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau French Philosopher
- Michel de Montaigne French Essayist
- Michel Foucault French Philosopher
- Henri Bergson French Philosopher