Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
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.
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.
Use force with children, and reason with men. Such is the natural order. The wise man does not need laws.[Employez la force avec les curante et la raison avec les hommes; tel est l’ordre naturel: le sage n’a pas besoin de lois.]
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.