Nikolay Baskov

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Nikolay Baskov

Nikolay Baskov

The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good music is very close to primitive language.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Impenetrable in their dissimulation, cruel in their vengeance, tenacious in their purposes, unscrupulous as to their methods, animated by profound and hidden hatred for the tyranny of man -- it is as though there exists among them an ever-present conspiracy toward domination, a sort of alliance like that subsisting among the priests of every country.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.More Nikolay Baskov [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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