All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws.
I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
In general, the art of government
consists in taking as much money as possible
from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships, that they give credibility to the opinions they attack.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
The art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other.
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
The monster, fanaticism, still exists, and whoever seeks after truth will run the risk of being persecuted.
The tyranny of the many would be when one body takes over the rights of others, and then exercises its power to change the laws in its favor.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities!
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
What is not in nature can never be true.
...So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
Let the laws be clear, uniform and precise; to interpret laws is almost always to corrupt them.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.