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Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778 ,  French philosopher & writer
VoltaireFrançois-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.
He was one of the greatest of all French writers. Although only a few of his works are still read, he continues to be held in worldwide repute as a courageous crusader against tyranny, bigotry, and cruelty.
He is considered the greatest man of the 18th century.

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Politics is the first of the arts and the last of the trades.


I always made one prayer to God: “O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous! ”God granted it.


Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the body.


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.


Common sense is not so common.


Man is free at the instant he wants to be.


The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in.


Paradise on earth is where I am.


Love truth, but pardon error.


The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.


It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.


To hold a pen is to be at war.


If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.


It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.


Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.


This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.


The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.


When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.


There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.


Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.


Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.


A witty saying proves nothing.


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


The best is the enemy of the good.


The public is a ferocious beast: one must chain it up or flee from it.


If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?


Our labor preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.


In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.


It is sad that often, to be a good patriot, one must be the enemy of the rest of mankind.


Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, for human beings of which they know nothing.


I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.


The English have only one sauce, melted butter.


Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.


Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.


It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.


We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.


It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.


To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.


Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.


I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.


God created sex. Priests created marriage.


In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.


Coincidence is the known result of unknown causes.


For an evil-minded man everything is a pretext.


Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.


History is only the pattern of silken slippers descending the stairs to the thunder of hobnailed boots climbing upward from below.


Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.












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