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“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”
Marquis de Condorcet
“The truth belongs to those who seek it, not to those who claim to own it.”
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“There does not exist any religious system, or supernatural extravagance, which is not founded on an ignorance of the laws of nature.”
Marquis de Condorcet, Outlines Of An Historical View Of The Progress Of The Human Mind
“Enjoy your own life without comparing it to that of another.”
Marquis de Condorcet
“[All phenomena] are equally susceptible of being calculated, and all that is necessary, to reduce the whole of nature to laws similar to those which Newton discovered with the aid of the calculus, is to have a sufficient number of observations and a mathematics that is complex enough.”
Marquis de Condorcet
“It has never yet been supposed, that all the facts of nature, and all the means of acquiring precision in the computation and analysis of those facts, and all the connections of objects with each other, and all the possible combinations of ideas, can be exhausted by the human mind.”
Marquis de Condorcet, Outlines Of An Historical View Of The Progress Of The Human Mind
“But if it be true, as every prospect assures us, that the human race shall not again relapse into its ancient barbarity; if every thing ought to assure us against that pusillanimous and corrupt system which condemns man to eternal oscillations between truth and falsehood, liberty and servitude, we must, at the same time, perceive that the light of information is spread over a small part only of our globe; and the number of those who possess real instruction, seems to vanish in the comparison with the mass of men consigned over to ignorance and prejudice. We behold vast countries groaning under slavery, and presenting nations in one place, degraded by the vices of civilization, so corrupt as to impede the progress of man; and in others, still vegetating in the infancy of its early age. We perceive that the exertions of these last ages have done much for the progress of the human mind, but little for the perfection of the human species; much for the glory of man, somewhat for his liberty, but scarcely any thing yet for his happiness. In a few directions, our eyes are struck with a dazzling light; but thick darkness still covers an immense horison.”
Nicolas de Condorcet, Outlines of an Historical View of the Progress of the Human Mind
“سوف يأتى اليوم الذى تُشرق فيه الشمس على الرجال الأحرار فقط، أولئك الذين لا سيد لهم سوى عقلهم.”
Marquis de Condorcet
“[T]his progress of the physical sciences, which the passions and interest do not interfere to disturb; wherein it is not thought that birth, profession, or appointment have given a right to judge what the individual is not in a situation to understand; this more certain progress cannot be observed, unless enlightened men shall search in the other sciences to bring them continually together. This progress at every step exhibits the model they ought to follow; according to which they may form a judgment of their own efforts, ascertain the false steps they may have taken, preserve themselves from pyrrhonism as well as credulity, and from a blind mistrust or too extensive submission to the authorities even of men of reputation and knowledge.”
Marquis de Condorcet, Outlines Of An Historical View Of The Progress Of The Human Mind
“The time will . . . come when the sun will shine only on free men who know no other master but their reason.”
Nicolas de Condorcet, Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind: Library of Ideas
“Like men, [women] know how to love freedom, even though they do not share in all its advantages, and, in republics, they have often sacrificed themselves in its cause: they have shown the virtues of true citizens whenever chance or civil unrest have brought them onto a stage which male pride and tyranny have generally prevented them from mounting.”
Nicolas de Condorcet
“The ancient laws of nearly every nation are nothing more than offences against justice by the powerful and violations of the rights of all for the interests of the few...”
Nicolas de Condorcet
“La religion de Mahomet, la plus simple dans ses dogmes, semble condamner à un esclavage éternel, à une incurable stupidité, toute cette vaste portion de la terre où elle a étendu son empire”
Condorcet, The First Essay on the Political Rights of Womene
“In spite of the transitory successes of prejudice and the support that it receives from the corruption of governments or peoples, truth alone will obtain a lasting victory.”
Nicolas de Condorcet
“Has not printing freed the education of the people from all political and religious shackles? It would be vain for any despotism to invade all the schools....The instruction that every man is free to receive from books in silence and solitude can never be completely corrupted. It is enough for there to exist one corner of free earth from which the press can scatter its leaves. How with the multitude of different books, with the innumerable copies of each book, of reprints that can be made available at a moment's notice, how could it be possible to bolt every door, to seal every crevice through which truth aspires to enter?”
Marquis de Condorcet
“The instruction that every man is free to receive from books in silence and solitude can never be completely corrupted.”
Nicolas de Condorcet

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