Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune, 1727 - 1781
Born: 10 May 1727, Paris, France
Died: 18 March 1781, Paris, France
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- Eripuit Coelo fulmen, mox Sceptra Tyrannis. (He seized the lightning from Heaven and the scepter from the Tyrants.) permalink
on Benjamin Franklin in a letter to Samuel P. du Pont (ca. 1778)
- Everywhere the strong have made the laws and oppressed the weak; and, if they have sometimes consulted the interests of society, they have always forgotten those of humanity. permalink
A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness, J. De Finod, translator and compiler (1886)
- It is not error which opposes the progress of truth; it is indolence, obstinacy, the spirit of routine, every thing which favors inaction. permalink
- Morality in the general is well enough known by men, but the particular refinements of virtue are unknown by most persons; thus the majority of parents, without knowing it and without intending it, give very bad examples to their children. permalink
- Respect is tendered with pleasure only where it is not exacted. permalink
- Scrupulous people are not suited to great affairs. permalink
- The expenses of government, having for their object the interest of all, should be borne by everyone, and the more a man enjoys the advantages of society, the more he ought to hold himself honored in contributing to those expenses. permalink
- The fate of America is already decided. Behold her independent beyond recovery. But will She be free and happy? permalink
letter to Richard Price (22 March 1778)
- The whole mass of humanity ... marches constantly, though slowly, toward greater perfection. permalink
- What I admire in Columbus is not his having discovered a world but his having gone to search for it on the faith of an opinion. permalink
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