It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty,
or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self.
Knowledge is power.
Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man’s knowledge.
One of the Seven [wise men of Greece] was wont to say: That laws were like cobwebs, where the small flies are caught and the great break through.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence, and things mean and splendid exist alike.
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they see nothing but sea.