French Essayist, Moralist
"The joy which is caused by truth and noble thoughts shows itself in the words by which they are expressed."
"The sound of the drum drives out thought; for that very reason it is the most military of instruments."
"The voice is a human sound which nothing inanimate can perfectly imitate. It has an authority and an insinuating property which writing lacks. It is not merely so much air, but air modulated and impregnated with life."
"There is always some levity even in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, and also to stray."
"When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come."
"Let your cry be for free souls rather than for freedom. Moral liberty is the only really important liberty."
"Morality is made up of customs and habits. Custom makes public morality, and habit individual morality."
"Religion is neither theology nor a theosophy; it is more than that; it is a discipline, a law, a yoke, an indissoluble engagement."
"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."
"We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future."