Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

Brutus, act II, scene I (1730).
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The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738)

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.

'Liberty of the Press' in Philosophical Dictionary (1764)

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

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A witty saying proves nothing.

Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767)

Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies.

on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan