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.
What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step toward truth.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
The best doctor is the one you run to and can’t find.
His hands would plait the priests guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice.
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.
- Voltaire French Philosopher
- 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 Swiss Philosopher
- Michel de Montaigne French Philosopher
- Michel Foucault French Philosopher
- Henri Bergson French Philosopher