Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same age as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
Questions sur l'Encyclopédie
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
Épître à l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers
"Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst!"
It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
Le Siècle de Louis XIV
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme