- Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
- Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
- In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
- Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
- I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
- Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.