The art of revolutionizing and overturning states is to undermine established customs, by going back to their origin, in order to mark their want of justice.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
Justice without force is impotent, force without justice is tyranny. Unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just.
It is not our task to secure the triumph of truth, but merely to fight on its behalf.
All err the more dangerously because each follows a truth. Their mistake lies not in following a falsehood but in not following another truth.
The captain of a ship is not chosen from those of the passengers who comes from the best family.
The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first.