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Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

Brutus, act II, scene I (1730).

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

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

Épître à l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs (1770)

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.

Dialogue xiv. Le Chapon et la Poularde (l763).

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

L'Ingénu, ch.10 (1767)