1) “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”


2) “All men are almost led to believe not of proof, but by attraction.”


3) “It is a natural illness of man to think that he possesses the truth directly.”


4) “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”


5) “To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.”


6) “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”


7) “People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.”


8) “The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.”