To absorb, to emit, to form new combinations---this is life.
The law, that is what makes men stay honest. Morality for the upper classes, the gollows for the rabbles.
I was born and made for work. I have recognised the limits of my eyesight and of my legs, but never the limits of my working power.
Different subjects and different affairs are arranged in my head as in a cupboard. When I wish to interrupt one train of thought, I shut that drawer and open another. Do I wish to sleep, I simply close all the drawers and then I am - asleep.
I have a taste for founding, not for owning.
Imagination rules the world.
Europe is a molehill. All great empires and revolutions have been on the Orient; six hundred millions live there.
I have come to realize that men are not born to be free.
My motto has always been: A career open to all talents, without distinctions of birth.
Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.
Man is entitled by birthright to a share of the earth's produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence.
Has a man the right to kill himself? Yes, if his death harms no one and if life is an evil to him.
When is life an evil? When it offers a man nothing but suffering and pain.