You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.
Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.
Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
What is toleration? It is the appurtenance of humanity. We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies—it is the first law of nature.
Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws.
There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.