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François-Marie Arouet

Voltaire at 24, by Catherine Lusurier after Nicolas de Largillière's painting
Born November 21, 1694
Paris, France
Died May 30, 1778 (aged 83)
Paris, France
Pen name Voltaire
Occupation Writer, philosopher, playwright
Nationality French
.François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade.^ Franois-Marie Arouet , called Voltaire (d.
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^ François-Marie Arouet ( 1694 - 11-21 – 1778 - 05-30 ), better known by his pen name Voltaire , was a French writer, deist and philosopher.
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^ May 30 , 1778 ) , French Enlightenment writer , deist and philosopher .
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.Voltaire was a prolific writer and produced works in almost every literary form including plays, poetry, novels, essays, historical and scientific works, more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets.^ Whether his work was history, poetry, drama, novels or pamphlets, it was the same.

^ But, as usual, Voltaire's extraordinary literary industry was shown rather in a vast amount of fugitive writings than in substantive works, though for the whole space of his Cirey residence he was engaged in writing, adding to, and altering the Puerile .
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^ His pamphlets were numberless and these pamphlets, more than his more pretentious works, influenced France and his age, and through them destroyed old institutions and customs and barbarities, and prepared the world for the toleration and liberty that will someday come.

He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. .A satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize Catholic Church dogma and the French institutions of his day.^ Instead of most days having a saint as in the Catholic Church's calendar, each day has a plant, a tool or an animal associated with it.
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.Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.^ Jean-Jacques Rousseau sent a copy of his "Ode to Posterity" to Voltaire.
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^ While in England Voltaire was attracted to the philosophy of John Locke and ideas of the great scientist Sir Isaac Newton.
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^ He knew what the works of Voltaire and Rousseau meant to the world.

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Life

Early career

.François Marie Arouet was born in Paris, the youngest of the five children[1] (only three of which survived) of François Arouet (1650–January 1, 1722), a notary who was a minor treasury official, and his wife, Marie Marguerite d'Aumart (ca.^ François-Marie Arouet ( 1694 - 11-21 – 1778 - 05-30 ), better known by his pen name Voltaire , was a French writer, deist and philosopher.
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^ Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) was born in Paris, France, to a successful notary.

^ FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET DE VOLTAIRE (1694-1778), French philosopher, historian, dramatist and man of letters, whose real name was Francois Marie Arouet simply, was born on the 21st of November 1694 at Paris , and was baptized the next day.
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1660–13 July 1701), from a noble family of the province of Poitou. .Voltaire was educated by Jesuits at the Collège Louis-le-Grand (1704–1711), where he learned Latin and Greek; later in life he became fluent in Italian, Spanish and English.^ Déclaration de Voltaire, note to his secretary, Jean-Louis Wagnière ( 1778 - 02-28 ) Que les supplices des criminels soient utiles.
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^ From the age of ten until seventeen he was educated at the College Louis-le-Grand, managed by the Jesuits.

^ If the English visit may be regarded as having finished Voltaire's education, the Cirey residence was the first stage of his literary manhood.
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[2]
.By the time he left school, Voltaire had decided he wanted to be a writer, against the wishes of his father who wanted him to become a lawyer.^ On his return from school, about fifteen, his father decided to make him an advocate.

^ Someone of the people, which means the mob, started the cry that the son was about to become a Catholic and the father had murdered him.

^ Voltaire's father tried to remove him from such society by sending him first to Caen and then, in the suite of the marquis de Chteauneuf, the abb's brother, to The Hague.
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.Voltaire, pretending to work in Paris as an assistant to a lawyer, spent much of his time writing poetry.^ Voltaire was sent home and, for a time, pretended to work in a Parisian lawyer's office but he again manifested a faculty for getting into trouble this time in the still more dangerous way of writing libelous poems so that his father was glad to send him to stay for nearly a year (1714-15) with Louis de Caumartin, marquis de Saint-Ange, in the country.
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^ He was informally exiled, and spent much time with Marshal Villars, again increasing his store of "reminiscences."
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^ Not the most elaborate work of Voltaire is of much value for matter; but not the very slightest work of Voltaire is devoid of value in form.
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.When his father found him out, he sent Voltaire to study law, this time in Caen (Normandy).^ His father, seeing something of the boy's brilliancy, sent him word that if he would come back home he would buy him a good post in the government.

^ The world today, in court and out, acts upon the same reasoning as the judges in France at the time of Voltaire.

^ For the most part, Father Adam's duties were to play chess with Voltaire, and when he wanted him for a game of chess he would call loudly to him, "Where art thou, Adam?"

.Nevertheless, he continued to write, producing essays and historical studies that were not always noted for their accuracy, although most were accurate.^ If the name attaches only to one pleasure always permanent, or a continued although varied range of delicious enjoyment, then happiness belongs not to this globe of land and water.

^ He stayed there for the rest of the decade reading extensively and continuing a career in literature, writing poetry, plays, essays, and books.

.Voltaire's wit made him popular among some of the aristocratic families with whom he mixed.^ Voltaire was a great socialite and highly popular at gatherings of the chattering classes because of his intelligence and wit and his withering attacks on the church and monarchy.

^ It ran for forty-five nights, and at once made Voltaire famous as a playwright; which fame was with him to the end.

^ An excuse was provided in the fact that the poet had a copy of some unpublished poems of Frederick's, and as soon as Voltaire arrived hands were laid on him, at first with courtesy enough.
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.His father then obtained a job for him as a secretary to the French ambassador in the Netherlands, where Voltaire fell in love with a French refugee named Catherine Olympe Dunoyer.^ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
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^ Voltaire's father tried to remove him from such society by sending him first to Caen and then, in the suite of the marquis de Chteauneuf, the abb's brother, to The Hague.
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^ It was while in prison that he changed his name from the one his father gave him -- Arouet -- to the one he has made famous throughout all time -- Voltaire.

Their scandalous elopement was foiled by Voltaire's father and he was forced to return to France.[citation needed]
.Most of Voltaire's early life revolved around Paris.^ Commencing early in his life, most of the epigrams and brilliant satires in France were charged to Voltaire.

^ He picked out the profession for his son, as most fathers do, because it was his own; but Voltaire's early efforts at poetry had given him the ambition to write and he insisted that he should not follow his father's footsteps, but devote his life to literature.

.From early on, Voltaire had trouble with the authorities for his energetic attacks on the government and the Catholic Church.^ Voltaire was a great socialite and highly popular at gatherings of the chattering classes because of his intelligence and wit and his withering attacks on the church and monarchy.

^ On the question of Absolution, one of the cardinal supports of the Roman Catholic Church, Voltaire revealed this evidence from the church's official documents: .
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These activities were to result in numerous imprisonments and exiles. He allegedly wrote satirical verses about the aristocracy. .A work about the Régent thought to be by him led to his imprisonment in the Bastille for eleven months, until the real author came forward.^ He left to take up law, but soon abandoned this for literary pursuits, where his quick wit caused him several banishments from Paris, a brief exile in Holland, and eleven months in the Bastille (at age 24).

While there, he wrote his debut play, Œdipe. Its success established his reputation.

The name "Voltaire"

.The name "Voltaire", which the author adopted in 1718 both as a pen name and for daily use,[citation needed] is an anagram of "AROVET LI," the Latinized spelling of his surname, Arouet, and the initial letters of "le jeune" ("the younger").^ Voltaire's friend Nicolas-Claude Thieriot reported that Rohan had started with: "Monsieur de Voltaire, Monsieur Arouet, exactly what is your name?"
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^ Ever after his exit from the Bastille in April 1718 he was known as Arouet de Voltaire, or simply Voltaire, though legally he never abandoned his patronymic.
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^ Voltaire had no plans to remain in the city, and immediately bought a country house just outside the gates, which he named Les Dlices.
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[3] .The name also echoes in reverse order the syllables of the name of a family château in the Poitou region: "Airvault". The adoption of the name "Voltaire" following his incarceration at the Bastille is seen by many to mark Voltaire's formal separation from his family and his past.^ Voltaire took up the case, had the judgement reversed, LaBare's comrades saved and the name of the dead boy cleared of the "terrible" crime.

.Richard Holmes[4] supports this derivation of the name, but adds that a writer such as Voltaire would have intended it to also convey its connotations of speed and daring.^ Voltaire himself wept like a child: "If I had known the people would have committed such follies I would never have gone to the theater."

^ Voltaire's father was a notary of mediocre talents and some property, but his name would have been lost, excepting for his brilliant son.

.These come from associations with words such as "voltige" (acrobatics on a trapeze or horse), "volte-face" (a spinning about to face one's enemies), and "volatile" (originally, any winged creature).^ One should have nothing to say either about coming into the world or going out.

"Arouet" was not a noble name fit for his growing reputation, especially given that name's resonance with "à rouer" ("for thrashing") and "roué" (a "débauché").
Voltaire is known to have used at least 178 separate pen names during his lifetime.[5]

Great Britain

.The aptitude for quick, perceptive, cutting, witty and often scathingly critical repartee for which Voltaire is known today made him highly unpopular with many of his contemporaries, including much of the French aristocracy.^ It ran for forty-five nights, and at once made Voltaire famous as a playwright; which fame was with him to the end.

^ It was while in prison that he changed his name from the one his father gave him -- Arouet -- to the one he has made famous throughout all time -- Voltaire.

^ While many literary men have been farmers, very few of them have made it pay, but Voltaire made it pay.

.These sharp-tongued retorts were responsible for Voltaire's exile from France, during which he resided in Great Britain.^ Voltaire's residence in England made a great impression on his future life.

.After Voltaire retorted to an insult given him by the young French nobleman Chevalier de Rohan in late 1725, the aristocratic Rohan family obtained a royal lettre de cachet, an irrevocable and often arbitrary penal decree signed by the French King (Louis XV, in the time of Voltaire) that was often bought by members of the wealthy nobility to dispose of undesirables.^ The king and Voltaire were fascinated with each other for a time.

^ In 1725 he insulted the chevalier de Rohan, who had his thugs beat him up while he watched.

^ French: La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'eloge ment apres leur mort.
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.They then used this warrant to force Voltaire first into imprisonment in the Bastille and then into exile without holding a trial or giving him an opportunity to defend himself.^ His residence at Geneva brought him into correspondence (at first quite amicable) with the most famous of her citizens, J. J. Rousseau.
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^ No doubt some men would have been burned with the first pamphlet that they wrote, but not Voltaire.

^ An excuse was provided in the fact that the poet had a copy of some unpublished poems of Frederick's, and as soon as Voltaire arrived hands were laid on him, at first with courtesy enough.
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[6] The incident marked the beginning of Voltaire's attempts to improve the French judicial system.
.Voltaire's exile in Great Britain lasted over two years, and his experiences there greatly influenced many of his ideas.^ Another vacancy occurred a few years later and Voltaire, at the age of fifty-two, was admitted to the French Academy, long after he had been admitted to almost every other great society in Europe.

^ "The city of Lima, in America, experienced the same last year; the same cause, the same effects: there is certainly a train of sulphur all the way under ground from Lima to Lisbon."
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^ Voltaire devoted the last years of his life to the task of abolishing infamy, meaning superstition and fanaticism such as that displayed by the Inquisition.

The young man was impressed by Britain's constitutional monarchy in contrast to the French absolute monarchy, as well as the country's support of the freedoms of speech and religion. .He was also influenced by several of the neoclassical writers of the age, and developed an interest in earlier English literature, especially the works of Shakespeare, still little known in continental Europe at the time.^ Before the English visit Voltaire had been an elegant trifler, an adept in the forms of literature popular in French society, a sort of superior Dorat or Boufflers of earlier growth.
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^ Of the earlier editions, though their bulk is an objection, several are interesting and valuable.
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^ This has been considered as one of the most important literary works of the Eighteenth Century and the inspiration for the growth of liberal thought in continental Europe.

.Despite pointing out his deviations from neoclassical standards, Voltaire saw Shakespeare as an example French writers might look up to, since drama in France, despite being more polished, lacked on-stage action.^ Voltaire looked up over a table, but saw no one enter.
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^ Voltaire looked up and grimaced.
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.Later, however, as Shakespeare's influence was being increasingly felt in France, Voltaire would endeavour to set a contrary example with his own plays, decrying what he considered Shakespeare's barbarities.^ He was busy organizing companies to produce his plays, constantly associated with actors; in his later years he built a theater of his own at Ferney and frequently took part on the stage in his own plays.

^ For the most part, Father Adam's duties were to play chess with Voltaire, and when he wanted him for a game of chess he would call loudly to him, "Where art thou, Adam?"

^ I would rather cause people to read Voltaire than display my own exquisite and wholly useless sensibility.
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.After almost three years in exile, Voltaire returned to Paris and published his views on British attitudes towards government, literature, and religion in a collection of essays in letter form entitled the Lettres philosophiques sur les Anglais (Philosophical Letters on the English).^ After three years in England, Voltaire managed to get permission of return to Paris.

^ Voltaire fled from Paris when the English Letters were published.

^ He returned to Paris after three years as a serious philosopher and advocate of justice.

.Because he regarded the British constitutional monarchy as more developed and more respectful of human rights (particularly religious tolerance) than its French counterpart, these letters met great controversy in France, to the point where copies of the document were burnt and Voltaire was again forced to leave France.^ His pamphlets were numberless and these pamphlets, more than his more pretentious works, influenced France and his age, and through them destroyed old institutions and customs and barbarities, and prepared the world for the toleration and liberty that will someday come.

^ Voltaire was particularly blessed by two women, Madame du Chatelet, at whose estate he lived for sixteen years, and Madame Denis, his niece, who kept his house near Geneva for more than twenty-five years.

^ Here too he wrote his letters; letters to all kinds of people, especially scholars and rulers -- letters more voluminous than ever came from the pen of any other correspondent in the world.

Château de Cirey

In the frontispiece to their translation of Newton, Émilie du Châtelet appears as Voltaire's muse, reflecting Newton's heavenly insights down to Voltaire.
Voltaire's next destination was the Château de Cirey, located on the borders of Champagne and Lorraine. .The building was renovated with his money, and here he began a relationship with the Marquise du Châtelet, Gabrielle Émilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil (famous in her own right as Émilie du Châtelet).^ Notice biographique In Les Marques de collections de dessins et d’estampes , Amsterdam, 1921, p.
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^ Sur le rle et l’influence des arts de l’Extrme-Orient et du Japon ».
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.Cirey was owned by the Marquise's husband, Marquis Florent-Claude du Chatelet, who sometimes visited his wife and her lover at the chateau.^ The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
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^ From there he went to live on an old estate with Madame du Chatelet and her husband.

The relationship, which lasted for fifteen years, had a significant intellectual element. Voltaire and the Marquise collected over 21,000 books, an enormous number for the time. .Together, they studied these books and performed experiments in the "natural sciences" in his laboratory.^ Together they studied astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, history and religion.

Voltaire's experiments included an attempt to determine the elements of fire.
.Having learned from his previous brushes with the authorities, Voltaire began his future habit of keeping out of personal harm's way, and denying any awkward responsibility.^ Voltaire could not keep out of trouble.

.He continued to write many plays, such as Mérope (or "La Mérope française") and began his long researches into science and history .^ If his critics and traducers let him alone fort a time, he was busy writing some pamphlet, poem or play to get himself into trouble once more.

.Again, a main source of inspiration for Voltaire were the years of his British exile, during which he had been strongly influenced by the works of Sir Isaac Newton.^ During all this sixty-six years he worked unceasingly, dealing telling, deadly blows at the superstitions which held the minds of men.

^ Voltaire no doubt realized that his long years of work were probably responsible for the charges of heresy lodged against many of the victims.

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.Voltaire strongly believed in Newton's theories, especially concerning optics (Newton’s discovery that white light is composed of all the colours in the spectrum led to many experiments at Cirey), and gravity (the story of Newton and the apple falling from the tree is mentioned in Voltaire's Essai sur la poésie épique, or Essay on Epic Poetry).^ Voltaire answered these questions as all other thinkers have even answered them, that upon these subjects man has no guide and no light.

^ Voltaire was a theist, arguing strongly against atheism, recognizing that "faith consists in believing what is beyond the power of reason to believe.

Although both Voltaire and the Marquise were curious about the philosophies of Gottfried Leibniz, a contemporary and rival of Newton, they remained "Newtonians" and based their theories on Newton’s works and ideas. .Though it has been stated that the Marquise may have been more "Leibnizian", she did write "je newtonise," which translated means, "I am 'newtoning'" or "I 'newtonise'". Voltaire's book, Eléments de la philosophie de Newton (Elements of Newton's Philosophy), was probably co-written with the Marquise, and describes the other branches of Newton's ideas that fascinated him, including optics and the theory of attraction (gravity).^ The evidence against de la Barre was that he was known to have passed a procession bearing the Sacrament without taking off his hat, and more damaging still was the fact that there was found in his room a copy of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary ."
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^ His father got him a post in Holland, where he wrote more verses, fell in love, or at least thought he did, which comes to the same thing.

^ One day a publisher called on Voltaire and offered to sell him a copy of his own book, Pucelle .

.Voltaire and the Marquise also studied history—particularly those persons who had contributed to civilization.^ If you knew someone who only called you when they was in trouble and in between those moments didn't speak to you, what would you think of this person?
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.Voltaire's second essay in English had been Essay upon the Civil Wars in France.^ The world today, in court and out, acts upon the same reasoning as the judges in France at the time of Voltaire.

When he returned to France, he wrote a biographical essay of King Charles XII of Sweden, which marks the beginning of Voltaire's criticism toward established religions. The essay won him the position of historian at the king's court. Voltaire and the Marquise also worked with philosophy, particularly with metaphysics, the branch that dealt with what could not be directly proven: whether or not there was a God, etc. Voltaire and the Marquise analyzed the Bible, trying to discover its validity in their time. .Voltaire's critical views on religion are reflected in his belief in separation of church and state and religious freedom, ideas that he had formed after his stay in England.^ Profile: Cabaret Voltaire formed in Sheffield (England) in 1973.
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Though deeply committed to the Marquise, Voltaire by 1744 found life at the château confining. .On a visit to Paris that year, he found a new love: his niece.^ All his life he loved Paris, and although he died at an advanced age, probably five of six years would cover all the time that he lived in Paris during his mature life.

.At first, his attraction to Marie Louise Mignot was clearly sexual; he wrote her letters (only discovered in 1957) that verged on pornography, such as "My soul kisses yours; my prick, my heart, are in love with you.^ What then do you call your soul?
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^ Our news on your homepage (that is, if you use My Yahoo , which we recommend for your start-up page) .
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^ As for me, a greater master Has engraved you on my heart.

I kiss your pretty arse..."[7] .Much later, they lived together, perhaps platonically, and remained together until Voltaire's death.^ The breach between them widened until they could no longer stay together.

^ Together they visited nobles, princes, and courts, perhaps "the most brilliant pair in France" of that day.

^ Rather they would have had him, like Bruno and Servetus, remain steadfast to his faith while his living body was consumed with flames.

Meanwhile, the Marquise also took a lover, the Marquis de Saint-Lambert.[8]

Sanssouci

Die Tafelrunde by Adolph von Menzel. Guests of Frederick the Great, in Marble Hall at Sanssouci, include members of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and Voltaire (seated, third from left).
.After the death of the Marquise in childbirth in September 1749, Voltaire briefly returned to Paris and in 1750 moved to Potsdam to join Frederick the Great, a close friend and admirer of his.^ Letters were exchanged almost as frequently as before and Frederick the Great paid him one of the noblest tributes at his death.

^ After three years in England, Voltaire managed to get permission of return to Paris.

^ He had known her in her younger years; had been her friend and admirer up to the time of her death.

[9] .The king had repeatedly invited him to his palace, and now gave him a salary of 20,000 francs a year.^ The last few years the king was the absolute monarch of France, and he was ruled by a woman and a priest.

^ The king took him to his palace at Potsdam, fitted him a suite of rooms in royal state and made him his constant companion.

^ Through tumultuous crowds he drove to the Academy where he was received with wild acclamation -- the Academy which had repeatedly refused to make him a member, but which now worshiped his genius and popularity.

.Though life went well at first - in 1752 he wrote Micromégas, perhaps the first piece of science fiction involving ambassadors from another planet witnessing the follies of humankind- his relationship with Frederick the Great began to deteriorate and he encountered other difficulties.^ In this case he enlisted Frederick the Great, Catherine of Russia, and many other illustrious people throughout Europe.

^ Voltaire never saw Frederick the Great after his flight, but they still had the old yearning for each other.

.Faced with a lawsuit and an argument with Maupertuis, the president of the Berlin Academy of Science, Voltaire wrote the Diatribe du docteur Akakia (Diatribe of Doctor Akakia) which satirized Maupertuis.^ Voltaire also wrote on science, metaphysics and history.

.This greatly angered Frederick, who had all copies of the document burned and arrested Voltaire at an inn where he was staying along his journey home.^ "Paris," said Voltaire, "do you not know that there are forty thousand fanatics who would bring forty thousand fagots to burn me?

^ For fundamentalists, likewise, it proves that they were right all along, and anyone who displeases him will come to a vile end.
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^ For fundamentalists , likewise, it proves that they were right all along, and anyone who displeases him will come to a vile end.
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Geneva and Ferney

.Voltaire headed toward Paris, but Louis XV banned him from the city, so instead he turned to Geneva, near which he bought a large estate (Les Délices).^ Voltaire raised his hand above the boy's head and blessed him with the words "God" and "Liberty."

^ Voltaire was particularly blessed by two women, Madame du Chatelet, at whose estate he lived for sixteen years, and Madame Denis, his niece, who kept his house near Geneva for more than twenty-five years.

^ He was near enough to the French border so he could flee to Switzerland or Geneva whenever the king of France should determine to send him to the Bastille.

.Though he was received openly at first, the law in Geneva which banned theatrical performances and the publication of The Maid of Orleans against his will made him move at the end of 1758 out of Geneva across the French border to Ferney, where he had bought an even larger estate, and led to Voltaire's writing of Candide, ou l'Optimisme (Candide, or Optimism) in 1759. This satire on Leibniz's philosophy of optimistic determinism remains the work for which Voltaire is perhaps best known.^ The publication of his most famous stories began with Zadig in 1747, followed by Micromegas in 1752, and Candide in 1759, his masterpiece.

^ Voltaire replied that he "laid the work against the founder of a false religion, at the feet of the chief of the true religion."

^ It ran for forty-five nights, and at once made Voltaire famous as a playwright; which fame was with him to the end.

.He would stay in Ferney for most of the remaining 20 years of his life, frequently entertaining distinguished guests, like James Boswell, Giacomo Casanova, and Edward Gibbon.^ All his life he loved Paris, and although he died at an advanced age, probably five of six years would cover all the time that he lived in Paris during his mature life.

^ He was busy organizing companies to produce his plays, constantly associated with actors; in his later years he built a theater of his own at Ferney and frequently took part on the stage in his own plays.

[10] .In 1764 he published his most important philosophical work, the Dictionnaire Philosophique, a series of articles mainly on Christian history and dogmas, a few of which were originally written in Berlin.^ This work and others were major contributions to history, based on extensive research but lacking pedantry, and belie the cynical definition of history in his Philosophical Dictionary .

^ Most authors have hard work to find publishers.

^ He was detained several days, mainly to get from him the manuscript which Frederick had written while a prince and which severely attacked the Christian religion.

[6]
Voltaire's château at Ferney, France.
.From 1762 he began to champion unjustly persecuted people, the case of Jean Calas being the most celebrated.^ Most noticeably he publicized and fought the judicial torture and murder of Jean Calas, getting the judgment reversed and obtaining a royal pension for the victims family.

^ His fight for Jean Calas is one of the most heroical of this or any other age.

This Huguenot merchant had been tortured to death in 1763, supposedly because he had murdered his son for wanting to convert to Catholicism. His possessions were confiscated and his remaining children were taken from his widow and were forced to become members of a monastery. Voltaire, seeing this as a clear case of religious persecution, managed to overturn the conviction in 1765.[6]

Death and burial

.In February 1778, Voltaire returned for the first time in 20 years to Paris, among other reasons to see the opening of his latest tragedy, Irene.^ After three years in England, Voltaire managed to get permission of return to Paris.

^ The king and Voltaire were fascinated with each other for a time.

^ Although he said he would return in six weeks, at the latest, they never expected to see his face again.

.The 5-day journey was too much for the 83-year old, and he believed he was about to die on February 28, writing "I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition."^ I die adoring God,loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
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^ On February twenty-eighth, when he believed his last hour had come, in the presence of his secretary he wrote down his Confession of Faith: "I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition."

^ May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
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However, he recovered, and in March saw a performance of Irene where he was treated by the audience as a returning hero.[6] .However, he soon became ill again and died on May 30, 1778. When asked on his deathbed by a priest to renounce the devil and turn to God, he is alleged to have replied, "For God's sake, let me die in peace."^ May 30 , 1778 ) , French Enlightenment writer , deist and philosopher .
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^ "Sir", replied the mendicant, "I ask you for money, and not for advice"; and turned his back on him with Castilian dignity.

[11]
Voltaire's tomb in Paris' Pantheon
.Because of his well-known criticism of the church, which he had refused to retract before his death, Voltaire was denied a Christian burial, but friends managed to bury his body secretly at the abbey of Scellières in Champagne before this prohibition had been announced.^ Then, too, Voltaire knew that to be buried in consecrated ground, he must die with the benediction of the established church.

^ The body of the dead was taken from the home and buried in state from the cathedral with all the rites and ceremonies of the Catholic Church.

^ The statement attributed to Voltaire, "I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it" expresses well the value he placed on the free exchange of ideas.

His heart and brain were embalmed separately. .In July 1791, the National Assembly, which regarded him as a forerunner of the French revolution, had his remains brought back to Paris to enshrine him in the Panthéon.^ Thirteen years later, by order of the National Assembly, which was then taking the first steps to overthrow the old regime and usher in the revolution, he was brought back to Paris.

^ On July 6th, 1791, a funeral car, decked with laurels and oak leaves, drawn by four horses and escorted by a detachment of the National Guard, left Romilly-on-Seine and began its solemn triumphal progress to Paris.

It is estimated that a million people attended the procession, which stretched throughout Paris. .There was an elaborate ceremony, complete with an orchestra, and the music included a piece that André Grétry composed specially for the event, which included a part for the "tuba curva". This was an instrument that originated in Roman times as the cornu but had been recently revived under a new name.^ The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
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[12]
.A widely-repeated story that the remains of Voltaire were stolen by religious fanatics in 1814 or 1821 during the Pantheon restoration and thrown into a garbage heap is false.^ Voltaire challenged Rohan to a duel but was thrown into the Bastille on the appointed day.

Such rumours resulted in the coffin being opened in 1897, which confirmed that his remains were still present.[13]

Writings

Poetry

.From an early age, Voltaire displayed a talent for writing verse and his first published work was poetry.^ So Voltaire set to work, first, on Madame du Pompadour.

^ During this time he had been writing his first play, which had been accepted and was then on rehearsal at the theater, but on account of the anonymous verses, which he did not write, he was sent to the Bastille.

^ He picked out the profession for his son, as most fathers do, because it was his own; but Voltaire's early efforts at poetry had given him the ambition to write and he insisted that he should not follow his father's footsteps, but devote his life to literature.

He wrote two long poems, the Henriade and The Maid of Orleans, besides many other smaller pieces.
.The Henriade was written in imitation of Virgil, using the Alexandrine couplet reformed and rendered monotonous for modern readers but it was a huge success in the 18th and early 19th century, with sixty-five editions and translations into several languages.^ Inquiries from publishers are welcome, but, dear reader, please don't use my work without my written permission .
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The epic poem transformed French king Henri IV into a national hero for his attempts at instituting tolerance with his Edict of Nantes. La Pucelle, on the other hand, is a burlesque on the superhuman powers attributed to virginity in the legend of Joan of Arc. .Voltaire's minor poems are generally considered superior to either of these two works.^ If either of these women had made his life comfortable his great work would probably never have been done.

^ But the churches and the authorities read, or at least heard of, these two poems.

^ These estates were old and dilapidated and Voltaire set to work to improve them.

Prose

Frontispiece and first page of chapter one of an early English translation by T. Smollett et al of Voltaire's "Candide" , printed by J. Newbery, 1762
.Many of Voltaire's prose works and romances, usually composed as pamphlets, were written as polemics.^ Most of his pamphlets and many of his more pretentious works he promptly denied.

^ Voltaire no doubt realized that his long years of work were probably responsible for the charges of heresy lodged against many of the victims.

.Candide attacks the passivity inspired by Leibniz's philosophy of optimism; L'Homme aux quarante ecus, certain social and political ways of the time; Zadig and others, the received forms of moral and metaphysical orthodoxy; and some were written to deride the Bible.^ For a time they worshiped each other at a distance, which is always a safe way to worship.

^ The political, religious, and social views of any age and even of the most radical members of society, were born, long before their time.

^ This is acting like deeply indebted governments, who sometimes issue certain bank notes they assert are valid, while at other times they cry them down.

.In these works, Voltaire's ironic style, free of exaggeration, is apparent, particularly the restraint and simplicity of the verbal treatment.^ These estates were old and dilapidated and Voltaire set to work to improve them.

Candide in particular is the best example of his style. Voltaire also has, in common with Jonathan Swift, the distinction of paving the way for science fiction's philosophical irony, particularly in his Micromégas.
.
Voltaire at Frederick the Great's Sanssouci.
^ Of course, theaters and playacting were wrong in Geneva when Voltaire fled from the court of Frederick the Great, but there were two things that Voltaire always determined to do.

^ Voltaire looked for great things from Frederick when he should become king.

^ Voltaire never saw Frederick the Great after his flight, but they still had the old yearning for each other.

Engraving by Pierre Charles Baquoy.
.In general criticism and miscellaneous writing, Voltaire's writing was comparable to his other works.^ At 65, he spent all of three days writing one of his most famous works, Candide (read about other ' late achievers ' in the Scriptorium).
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.Almost all of his more substantive works, whether in verse or prose, are preceded by prefaces of one sort or another, which are models of his caustic yet conversational tone.^ The foundations of all history are the recital of events, made by fathers to their children, and afterwards transmitted from one generation to another.

^ They are few: but you will gain much more from reading those few than from all the feeble little works with which we are inundated.

^ Voltaire corrected Frederick's verses, helped him about his French, entertained him and his brilliant company, swapped compliments with him, and was the life of the court; but all geniuses are difficult, especially when more than one is present at the same time.

In a vast variety of nondescript pamphlets and writings, he displays his skills at journalism. .In pure literary criticism his principal work is the Commentaire sur Corneille, although he wrote many more similar works – sometimes (as in his Life and notices of Molière) independently and sometimes as part of his Siècles.^ You make the life of a man of no more importance than that of a lizard; and too many judges resemble you.

^ Most of his pamphlets and many of his more pretentious works he promptly denied.

.Voltaire's works, especially his private letters, frequently contain the word "l'infâme" and the expression "écrasez l'infâme," or "crush the infamous". The phrase refers to abuses to the people by royalty and the clergy that Voltaire saw around him, and the superstition and intolerance that the clergy bred within the people.^ Voltaire raised his hand above the boy's head and blessed him with the words "God" and "Liberty."

^ Letters were exchanged almost as frequently as before and Frederick the Great paid him one of the noblest tributes at his death.

^ Here too he wrote his letters; letters to all kinds of people, especially scholars and rulers -- letters more voluminous than ever came from the pen of any other correspondent in the world.

[14] He had felt these effects in his own exiles, in the confiscations of his books, and the hideous sufferings of Calas and La Barre. He also stated that (one of his most famous quotes) "Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them".
The most oft-cited Voltaire quotation is apocryphal. .He is incorrectly credited with writing, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” These were not his words, but rather those of Evelyn Beatrice Hall, written under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre in her 1906 biographical book The Friends of Voltaire.^ The statement attributed to Voltaire, "I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it" expresses well the value he placed on the free exchange of ideas.

^ Voltaire I do not agree with a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
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^ Your own reflections, mademoiselle, will tell you all this a hundred times better than I can say it.

.Hall intended to summarize in her own words Voltaire's attitude towards Claude Adrien Helvétius and his controversial book De l'esprit, but her first-person expression was mistaken for an actual quotation from Voltaire.^ One day a publisher called on Voltaire and offered to sell him a copy of his own book, Pucelle .

.Her interpretation does capture the spirit of Voltaire’s attitude towards Helvetius; it had been said Hall's summary was inspired by a quotation found in a 1770 Voltaire letter to an Abbot le Roche, in which he was reported to have said, “I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.”[15] Nevertheless, scholars believe there must have again been misinterpretation, as the letter does not seem to contain any such quote.^ It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
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^ When God gives you AIDS - and God does give you AIDS, by the way - make lemonAIDS. .
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^ Like once at a dinner party, a woman turned to him and said, “If I were your wife, I would give you arsenic.” He replied, “And if I were your husband, I would take it.” .
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[16]
.Voltaire's first major philosophical work in his battle against 'l'infâme" is the Dictionnaire philosophique, comprising articles on "Abraham", "Genesis", "Church Council", written about what he perceived as the human origins of dogmas and beliefs, as well as inhuman behavior of religious and political institutions, in shedding blood over the quarrels of competing sects.^ This work and others were major contributions to history, based on extensive research but lacking pedantry, and belie the cynical definition of history in his Philosophical Dictionary .

^ Voltaire replied that he "laid the work against the founder of a false religion, at the feet of the chief of the true religion."

^ So Voltaire set to work, first, on Madame du Pompadour.

.Amongst other targets, Voltaire criticized France's colonial policy in North America, dismissing the vast territory of New France as "a few acres of snow" ("quelques arpents de neige").^ Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) was born in Paris, France, to a successful notary.

Letters

.Voltaire also engaged in an enormous amount of private correspondence during his life, totaling over 20,000 letters.^ Voltaire raised a large amount of money to take care of the family during the trial and to give them an estate after the vindication was complete.

Theodore Besterman's collected edition of these letters, completed only in 1964, fills 102 volumes.[17] One historian called the letters "a feast not only of wit and eloquence but of warm friendship, humane feeling, and incisive thought."[18]

Philosophy

Religion

Voltaire at 70. Engraving from 1843 edition of his Philosophical Dictionary.
.Like many other key figures during the European Enlightenment, Voltaire considered himself a deist.^ Voltaire himself wept like a child: "If I had known the people would have committed such follies I would never have gone to the theater."

^ Many other cases almost as revolting were brought to Voltaire's attention and received his help.

^ These are counsels which, like so many others, are no doubt easier to give than to follow.

[citation needed] He did not believe that absolute faith, based upon any particular or singular religious text or tradition of revelation, was needed to believe in God. In fact, Voltaire's focus was instead on the idea of a universe based on reason and a respect for nature reflected the contemporary pantheism.
He wrote, "What is faith? Is it to believe that which is evident? No. .It is perfectly evident to my mind that there exists a necessary, eternal, supreme, and intelligent being.^ Why does there exist so much evil, everything being formed by a God whom all Theists agree in calling good?

This is no matter of faith, but of reason."[19][20]
In terms of religious texts, Voltaire's opinion of the Bible was mixed. This did not hinder his religious practice, however, though it did gain him somewhat of a bad reputation among religious fundamentalists. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote to his father the year of Voltaire's death, saying, "The arch-scoundrel Voltaire has finally kicked the bucket...."[21]
Contradictory views of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, can be found in Voltaire's writings. In a letter recommending his play Fanaticism, or Mahomet to Pope Benedict XIV, Voltaire described the founder of Islam as "the founder of a false and barbarous sect" and "a false prophet."[22] Elsewhere, however, his views were more favourable. .In Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Esprit des Nations, he described Muhammad as the founder of "a wise, severe, chaste, and humane religion", and also said "The legislator of the Muslims, a terrible and powerful man, established his dogmas with his valor and arms; yet, his religion became benign and tolerant."^ Et, ses yeux, Monet est presque symboliste puisqu’il a traduit le « surnaturel de la nature ».
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^ La Dcoration et les Industries d’art l’Exposition universelle de 1900 .
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^ Notice biographique In Les Marques de collections de dessins et d’estampes , Amsterdam, 1921, p.
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[23]
.From translated works on Confucianism and Legalism, Voltaire drew on Chinese concepts of politics and philosophy (which were based on rational principles), to look critically at European organized religion and hereditary aristocracy.^ Voltaire replied that he "laid the work against the founder of a false religion, at the feet of the chief of the true religion."

[citation needed]
There is an apocryphal story that his home at Ferney was purchased by the Geneva Bible Society and used for printing Bibles,[24] but this appears to be due to a misunderstanding of the 1849 annual report of the American Bible Society.[25] Voltaire's chateau is now owned and administered by the French Ministry of Culture.
.The most significant of Enlightenment hostility against Judaism was found in Voltaire,[26] despite claims to the contrary by some that his remarks were in fact anti-Biblical and not truly anti-semitism.^ The evidence against de la Barre was that he was known to have passed a procession bearing the Sacrament without taking off his hat, and more damaging still was the fact that there was found in his room a copy of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary ."
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[27] Thirty of the 118 articles in his Dictionnaire Philosophique dealt with Jews and described them in consistently negative ways.[28] Peter Gay, the best known contemporary authority on the Enlightenment[26], offered two suggestions in an attempt to mitigate Voltaire's open hostility towards the Jews. He writes that "Voltaire struck at the Jews to strike at Christianity," and that his anti-semitism also derived from negative personal experience.[29] .However, Voltaire was exceedingly vocal against the Church, openly writing how it had been the "consistently implacable enemy of progress, decency, humanity and rationality," and how it had been the Church's interest to "keep people as ignorant and submissive as children."^ Voltaire was a theist, arguing strongly against atheism, recognizing that "faith consists in believing what is beyond the power of reason to believe.

[30] If, despite the risk of censorship, Voltaire was able to express his anti-Christian sentiments so strongly, it's unrealistic to suggest that he needed to hide his anti-Christian stance as anti-semitism. Be that as it may, Voltaire did not limit his attack on aspects of Judaism that Christianity used as a foundation, repeatedly making it clear that he despised Jews.[26] Gay's second suggestion is also untenable, as Voltaire himself denies its validity when he remarked that he had "forgotten about much larger bankruptcies through Christians."[31]
.In the Scottish Enlightenment the Scots began developing a uniquely practical branch of humanism to the extent that Voltaire said "We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation"[32][33].^ In all of Voltaires ironic and witty remarks there is a sense of a deep concern for humanity.

^ Voltaire has a faith in our ability to improve the human condition.

^ A very "enlightened" rationale for the developing West (in Voltaires time).
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Freemasonry

.Voltaire was initiated into Freemasonry one month before his death.^ Letters were exchanged almost as frequently as before and Frederick the Great paid him one of the noblest tributes at his death.

.On April 4, 1778 Voltaire accompanied Benjamin Franklin into Loge des Neuf Soeurs in Paris, France and became an Entered Apprentice Freemason, perhaps only to please Franklin.^ Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) was born in Paris, France, to a successful notary.

^ Paris, Bibliothque nationale de France, dpartement des Manuscrits occidentaux .
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^ Voltaire spent a short time traveling through various parts of France, fearing to go back to Paris, and then turned to Geneva.

.Both being deists and lovers of reason, Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin became close friends over time.^ The world today, in court and out, acts upon the same reasoning as the judges in France at the time of Voltaire.

[34]

Legacy

Bust of Voltaire by Houdon.
.Voltaire perceived the French bourgeoisie to be too small and ineffective, the aristocracy to be parasitic and corrupt, the commoners as ignorant and superstitious, and the church as a static and oppressive force useful only as a counterbalance since its "religious tax" or the tithe helped to create a strong backing for revolutionaries.^ When Voltaire was born there was really but one church which, of course, was ignorant, tyrannical and barbarous in the extreme.

Voltaire distrusted democracy, which he saw as propagating the idiocy of the masses.[35] .Voltaire long thought only an enlightened monarch could bring about change, given the social structures of the time and the extremely high rates of illiteracy, and that it was in the king's rational interest to improve the education and welfare of his subjects.^ It only contradicts that God is omniscient, omnipotent and compassionate at the same time, in the manner that God was predicated by the time Voltaire wrote Candide.
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^ In his verses and his epigrams he could flatter when he thought flattery would accomplish his end, and by this means his exile was brought to a close and he returned to Paris after an absence of about a year.

^ Living in France in the 18th century, he could be hilariously funny about French society at that time and scathing about the abusrdity of a monarchy that claimed to rule in the name of God.

.But his disappointments and disillusions with Frederick the Great changed his philosophy somewhat, and soon gave birth to one of his most enduring works, his novella, Candide, ou l'Optimisme (Candide, or Optimism, 1759), which ends with a new conclusion: "It is up to us to cultivate our garden". His most polemical and ferocious attacks on intolerance and religious persecutions indeed began to appear a few years later.^ "We must all cultivate our garden" remarks Candide at the end of his adventures.

^ The publication of his most famous stories began with Zadig in 1747, followed by Micromegas in 1752, and Candide in 1759, his masterpiece.

^ Letters were exchanged almost as frequently as before and Frederick the Great paid him one of the noblest tributes at his death.

.Candide was also subject to censorship and Voltaire jokingly claimed the actual author was a certain "Demad" in a letter, where he reaffirmed the main polemical stances of the text.^ On-line text for Candide and Treatise on Tolerance : Voltaire Foundation .

[36]
.Voltaire is also known for many memorable aphorisms, such as: "Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer" ("If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him"), contained in a verse epistle from 1768, addressed to the anonymous author of a controversial work, The Three Impostors.^ If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
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^ If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him.
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^ None of this would work as satire, or even black humour, if we did not expect better of humanity, or at least its educated portion.
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But far from being the cynical remark it is often taken for, it was meant as a retort to the atheistic clique of d'Holbach, Grimm, and others.
.Voltaire is remembered and honored in France as a courageous polemicist who indefatigably fought for civil rights – the right to a fair trial and freedom of religion – and who denounced the hypocrisies and injustices of the ancien régime.^ Out of their misery and wretchedness, the submerged poor recognized him who had wept and clamored for the right of all men and made freedom a possibility even for them.

.The ancien régime involved an unfair balance of power and taxes between the First Estate (the clergy), the Second Estate (the nobles), and the Third Estate (the commoners and middle class, who were burdened with most of the taxes).^ You soon discover that the first grant holder you approach tells you that they will only fund one of the laces and only then if you find another grant holder who will fund the second lace.

Voltaire has had his detractors among his later colleagues. .The Scottish Victorian writer Thomas Carlyle argued that, while Voltaire was unsurpassed in literary form, not even the most elaborate of his works were of much value for matter and that he never uttered an original idea of his own.^ Because he never gives up hope for achieving change, there is an underlying optimism beneath his most fiercely critical works.

^ This has been considered as one of the most important literary works of the Eighteenth Century and the inspiration for the growth of liberal thought in continental Europe.

.Nietzsche, however, called Carlyle an "insipid muddlehead" who failed to free himself from the very petty-mindedness he professed to condemn.^ He who asks advice must consider himself free, for it would be absurd to ask advice if it were impossible to take it.

.While he often used China, Siam and Japan as examples of brilliant non-European civilizations and harshly criticized slavery,[37] he often said that the ancient Jews were "an ignorant and barbarous people", but that most of the ancient peoples were as well.^ But to expose your people to the most horrible misery, in the so often false idea of overturning your dear brother, the most serene neighboring prince!

.The town of Ferney, where Voltaire lived out the last 20 years of his life, is now named Ferney-Voltaire in honor of its most famous resident.^ For the last twenty-five years of his life, the superstition, the ignorance, and above all, the cruelty of the church, was constantly in his mind.

^ All his life he loved Paris, and although he died at an advanced age, probably five of six years would cover all the time that he lived in Paris during his mature life.

^ Last year, the Bishop of Worcester preached in London before the Houses of Parliament in favor of inoculation, and proved that it saved, in London alone, two thousand lives a year.

His château is a museum.
Voltaire's library is preserved intact in the National Library of Russia at St. Petersburg, Russia.
.In Zurich 1916, the theater and performance group who would become the early avant-garde movement Dada named their theater The Cabaret Voltaire.^ Cabaret Voltaire get your Dada here .
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^ Voltaire himself wept like a child: "If I had known the people would have committed such follies I would never have gone to the theater."

^ "Paris," said Voltaire, "do you not know that there are forty thousand fanatics who would bring forty thousand fagots to burn me?

A late-20th-century industrial music group then named themselves after the theater.
A character based on Voltaire plays an important role in The Age of Unreason, a series of four alternate history novels written by American science fiction and fantasy author Gregory Keyes.
.Voltaire was also known to have been an advocate for coffee, as he was purported to have drunk the beverage at least 30 times per day.^ Voltaire by this time was known for his epigrams, his rhymes and his audacity.

^ A big coffee drinker, Voltaire was once warned that the beverage was a slow poison.
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It has been suggested that high amounts of caffeine acted as a mental stimulant to his creativity.[38]

Works

Major works

Plays

.Voltaire wrote between fifty and sixty plays, including a few unfinished ones.^ At Ferney, at the age of eighty-three, Voltaire wrote his last play, Irene .

Among them are these:

Historical

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  • History of Charles XII, King of Sweden (1731)
  • The Age of Louis XIV (1751)
  • The Age of Louis XV (1746 - 1752)
  • Annals of the Empire - Charlemagne, A.D. 742 - Henry VII 1313, Vol.^ Chapters of Voltaires The Age of Louis XIV were seized on their publication in Paris in 1739.

    I (1754)
  • Annals of the Empire - Louis of Bavaria, 1315 to Ferdinand II 1631 Vol. .II (1754)
  • ' Essay on the Manners of Nations (or 'Universal History') (1756)
  • History of the Russian Empire Under Peter the Great (Vol.^ He was urged by the Russian ruler to write a history of what Frederick the Great called "that barbarous land," but he early saw the possibility of that vast unexplored nation and the Russian force and genius that was behind it all.

    I 1759; Vol. II 1763)

Chronology

References

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  • Besterman, Theoore, "Voltaire", Harcourt, Brace & World, N.Y., 1969.
  • Gay, Peter, "Voltaire's Politics, The Poet as Realist", Yale University, 1988.
  • Pomeau, René "La Religion de Voltaire", Librairie Nizet, Paris, 1974.
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    ^ Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) was born in Paris, France, to a successful notary.

    ^ Voltaire replied that he "laid the work against the founder of a false religion, at the feet of the chief of the true religion."

    William F. Fleming. [3]
  • Encyclopedia Britannica 1911
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  • "Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil Marquise du Châtelet", School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Wright, p 505.
  2. ^ Liukkonen, Petri. "Voltaire (1694-1778) - pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet". http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/voltaire.htm. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Christopher Thacker (1971), "Voltaire", Profiles in literature series (Taylor & Francis): p. 3, ISBN 9780710070203, http://books.google.com.ph/books?id=D5s9AAAAIAAJ. 
  4. ^ Holmes, Richard (2000). Sidetracks: explorations of a romantic biographer. HarperCollins. pp. 345–366.  and "Voltaire's Grin" in New York Review of Books, 30 November 1995, pp. 49-55
  5. ^ - "The appendixes offer even more: a listing of Voltaire's and Daniel Defoe's numerous pseudonyms (178 and 198, respectively)..."
  6. ^ a b c d "The Life of Voltaire". Thegreatdebate.org.uk. http://thegreatdebate.org.uk/Voltaire.html. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Ian Davidson, Voltaire in Exile, Grove Press 2006". http://books.google.com/books?id=99Rnph1FGxcC&pg=PA6&lpg=PA6&dq=%22mme+denis%22++Voltaire&lr=&as_brr=3&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html.  See also Will and Ariel Durant, The Age of Voltaire, Simon & Schuster (196 ) page 392[1]
  8. ^ "Davidson, ibid, page 7". Books.google.com. http://books.google.com/books?id=99Rnph1FGxcC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA6&dq=%22mme+denis%22++Voltaire&lr=&as_brr=3&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  9. ^ According to poet Richard Armour, Voltaire's friendship with Frederick William existed because "Frederick considered Voltaire to be immensely clever and so did Voltaire."
  10. ^ The Scottish diarist Boswell recorded their conversations in 1764, which are published in Boswell and the Grand Tour.
  11. ^ Norman Davies, Europe: A history p. 687
  12. ^ Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed, 1954; "Cornu" article
  13. ^ Voltaire and Rousseau, Their Tombs in the Pantheon Opened and Their Bones Exposed, New York Times, January 8, 1898
  14. ^ Palmer, R.R.; Colton, Joel (1950). A History of the Modern World. McGraw-Hill, Inc.. ISBN 0-07-040826-2. 
  15. ^ Boller, Jr., Paul F.; George, John (1989). They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505541-1. 
  16. ^ Charles Wirz, archivist at The Voltaire Institute and Museum in Geneva, recalled in 1994, that Hall, placed wrongly, between speech marks this quotation in two works devoted to Voltaire, recognising expressly the quotation in question was not one, in a letter of 9 May 1939, which was published in 1943 in volume LVIII under the title "Voltaire never said it" (pp.534-5) of the review "Modern language notes", Johns Hopkins Press, 1943, Baltimore. An extract from the letter: 'The phrase "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" which you have found in my book "Voltaire in His Letters" is my own expression and should not have been put in inverted commas. Please accept my apologies for having, quite unintentionally, misled you into thinking I was quoting a sentence used by Voltaire (or anyone else but myself).' "The words "my own" were underlined personally by Hall in her letter. To believe certain commentators - Norbert Guterman, A Book of French Quotations, 1963 - Hall was referencing back to a Voltaire letter of 6 February 1770 to an abbot le Riche where Voltaire said "Reverend, I hate what you write, but I will give my life so that you can continue to write." The problem is that, if you consult the letter itself, the sentence there does not appear, nor even the idea: A M LE RICHE A AMIENS. 6 February. You left, Sir, des Welches for des Welches. You will find everywhere barbarians obstinate. The number of wise will always be small. It is true...it has increased; but it is nothing in comparison with the stupid ones; and, by misfortune, one says that God is always for the big battalions. It is necessary that the decent people stick together and stay under cover. There are no means that their small troop could tackle the party of the fanatics in open country. I was very sick, I was near death every winter; this is the reason, Sir, why I have answered you so late. I am not less touched by it than your memory. Continue to me your friendship; it comforts me my evils and stupidities of the human genre. Receive my assurances, etc. Voltaire, however, did not hesitate to wish censure against slander and personal libels. Here is what he writes in his “Atheism” article in the Dictionnaire philosophique: Aristophanes (this man that the commentators admire because he was Greek, not thinking that Socrates was Greek also), Aristophanes was the first who accustomed the Athenians to consider Socrates an atheist. ... The tanners, the shoemakers and the dressmakers of Athens applauded a joke in which one represented Socrates raised in the air in a basket, announcing there was God, and praising himself to have stolen a coat by teaching philosophy. A whole people, whose bad government authorized such infamous licences, deserved well what it got, to become the slave of the Romans, and today of the Turks.
  17. ^ "article in Forum for Modern Language Studies". Fmls.oxfordjournals.org. doi:10.1093/fmls/I.3.230. http://fmls.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/pdf_extract/I/3/230. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  18. ^ Will and Ariel Durant, Rousseau and Revolution (1967), page 138
  19. ^ "Voltaire". Deism.com. 2009-06-25. http://deism.com/voltaire.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  20. ^ Voltaire. W. Dugdale, A Philosophical Dictionary ver 2, 1843, Page 473 sec 1. Retrieved October 31, 2007.
  21. ^ Keffe, Simon P. (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Mozart. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521001927. 
  22. ^ Voltaire Letter to Benedict XIV written in Paris on August 17, 1745 AD Your holiness will pardon the liberty taken by one of the lowest of the faithful, though a zealous admirer of virtue, of submitting to the head of the true religion this performance, written in opposition to the founder of a false and barbarous sect. To whom could I with more propriety inscribe a satire on the cruelty and errors of a false prophet, than to the vicar and representative of a God of truth and mercy? Your holiness will therefore give me leave to lay at your feet both the piece and the author of it, and humbly to request your protection of the one, and your benediction upon the other; in hopes of which, with the profoundest reverence, I kiss your sacred feet.
  23. ^ "Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Esprit des Nations". Voltaire Intégral. http://www.voltaire-integral.com/Html/00Table/11.html. Retrieved 2009-06-27. , Vol. I: Tome XI: Chap. VII "De l’Alcoran, et de la loi musulmane."
  24. ^ Geisler, N.L.; Nix, W.E.. A General Introduction to the Bible. Moody Press. 
  25. ^ "Voltaire's House and The Bible Society" (pdf). The Open Society. http://www.nzarh.org.nz/journal/2004v77n1aut.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-01.  2.18 MiB
  26. ^ a b c Prager, D; Telushkin, J. Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983. page 128-9.
  27. ^ Voltaire, François-Marie. Essai sur les Moeurs.  See also: Voltaire, François-Marie. Dictionnaire Philosophique. 
  28. ^ Poliakov, L. The History of Anti-Semitism: From Voltaire to Wagner. Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1975 (translated). page 88-89.
  29. ^ Gay, P. The Party of Humanity: Essays in the French Enlightenment. Alfred Knopf, 1964. pages 103-105.
  30. ^ Gay, Party of Humanity, 44, 53.
  31. ^ Hertzberg, A. The French Enlightenment and the Jews. Columbia University, 1968. page 284.
  32. ^ José Manuel Barroso, 11th President of the European Commission (28 November 2006). "The Scottish enlightenment and the challenges for Europe in the 21st century; climate change and energy" (html). Enlightenment Lecture Series, Edinburgh University. http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/06/756&format=HTML&aged=1&language=EN&guiLanguage=en. "I will try to show why Voltaire was right when he said: 'Nous nous tournons vers l’Écosse pour trouver toutes nos idées sur la civilisation' [we look to Scotland for all our ideas on civilisation]." 
  33. ^ "Visiting The Royal Society of Edinburgh…" (html). Royal Society of Edinburgh. First published in The Scotsman Saturday 4 June 2005. http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/international/potocnik.htm. "Scotland has a proud heritage of science, research, invention and innovation, and can lay claim to some of the greatest minds and greatest discoveries since Voltaire wrote those words 250 years ago." 
  34. ^ "Benjamin Franklin...urged Voltaire to become a freemason; and Voltaire agreed, perhaps only to please Franklin.Ridley, Jasper (2002). The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society. pp. 112. http://books.google.com/books?id=ISMObxdcmfsC&pg=RA4-PA112&dq=freemason+voltaire&ei=ssVASJfIOKakiwGz44zbCQ&sig=DSRHtjUrh3wTLPDfM9SiyFTyvyg.  See also: "I did not know that: Mason Facts". http://www.americanmason.com/didntARC.ihtml.  and "Voltaire on British Columbia Grand Lodge Site". http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/voltaire/voltaire.html. 
  35. ^ "Democracy". The Philosophical Dictionary. Knopf. 1924. http://history.hanover.edu/texts/voltaire/voldemoc.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  36. ^ "Letter on the subject of Candide, to the Journal encyclopédique July 15, 1759". University of Chicago. http://web.archive.org/web/20061013194545/http://humanities.uchicago.edu/homes/VSA/Candide/Candide.letter.html. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  37. ^ Voltaire, François-Marie. Candide (chapter 19). 
  38. ^ Washingtonmonthly.com
  39. ^ This is a translation of a famous Chinese play Orphan of Zhao about the revenge of the orphan of the clan of Zhao on his enemies who killed almost every member of his clan. This play was based on an actual historical event in the Spring-Autumn period of Chinese history. Voltaire's version was translated by Arthur Murphy as The Orphan of China in 1759.

References

  • Torrey, Norman L., "The Spirit of Voltaire", Columbia University Press, 1938.
  • Hewett, Caspar J. M. (August 2006). ."The Great Debate: Life of Voltaire.".^ Voltaire's residence in England made a great impression on his future life.

    http://thegreatdebate.org.uk/Voltaire.html
    . Retrieved 2008-11-02.
     
  • Lewis, Bernard (1999). Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice. W. W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0-393-31839-7. 
  • Muller, Jerry Z., 2002. The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought. Anchor Books.
  • Pearson, Roger, 2005. Voltaire Almighty: a life in pursuit of freedom. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781582346304.
  • Richard Shenkman (1993). ."Voltaire". Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of World History.^ Voltaire had no chance to be contented, and so he wrote eternally and unceasingly, more than any other man in the history of the world.

    HarperCollins. pp. 148–51.
     
  • Spielvogel, J. J. (2003). Western Civilization – Volume II: Since 1500 (5th. ed. ed.). 
  • Vernon, Thomas S. (1989). "Chapter V: Voltaire". Great Infidels. M & M Pr. ISBN 0943099056. http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/voltvern.htm. 
  • Wade, Ira O. (1967). Studies on Voltaire. New York: Russell & Russell. 
  • Wright, Charles Henry Conrad, A History of French Literature, Oxford University Press, American branch, 1912.

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Quotes

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"What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths.
^ What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths.
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^ Voltaire *** The instruction we find in books is like fire.
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^ Jump to: navigation , search "What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths.
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.We fetch it from our neighbor's, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."^ We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
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^ We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.

^ We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.
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.François-Marie Arouet (1694-11-211778-05-30), better known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer, deist and philosopher.^ French Philosopher: Voltaire BBQ Apron $21.99 .
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^ Franois-Marie Arouet , called Voltaire (d.
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^ Voltaire was the nom de plume of François-Marie Arouet (French philosopher and writer, 1694–1778).
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See also: Candide

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  • La vertu s'avilit à se justifier.
    • Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.
      • Oedipe, act II, scene IV (1718)
  • C'est un poids bien pesant qu'un nom trop tôt fameux.
    • Quite a heavy weight, a name too quickly famous.^ Oedipe , act II, scene IV (1718) C'est un poids bien pesant qu'un nom trop tôt fameux.
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      ^ Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.
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      • La Henriade, chant troisième, l.41 (1722)
  • L'homme est libre au moment qu'il veut l'être.
    • Man is free at the instant he wants to be.
      • Source Brutus, act II, scene I (1730)
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Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.
  • Les mortels sont égaux; ce n'est pas la naissance,
    C'est la seule vertu qui fait la différence.
    • All men are equal; it is not their birth,
      But virtue itself that makes the difference.^ Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.
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      ^ Bookmark quote "All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference."

      ^ Our wars massacre more men than are swallowed up by earthquakes."

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      • Eriphile, act II, scene I (1732); these lines were also used in Mahomet, act I, scene IV (1741)
  • Les anciens Romains élevaient des prodiges d'architecture pour faire combattre des bêtes.
    • The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in.^ The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in.
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      ^ Eriphile , act II, scene I (1732); these lines were also used in Mahomet , act I, scene IV (1741) Les anciens Romains élevaient des prodiges d'architecture pour faire combattre des bêtes.
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      ^ The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
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      • Letter addressed to "un premier commis" [name unknown] (1733-06-20), from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance [Garnier frères, Paris, 1880], vol.^ Letter addressed to "un premier commis" [name unknown] ( 1733 - 06-20 ), from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance [Garnier frères, Paris, 1880], vol.
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        ^ Ferney ( 1760 - 12-26 ) from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance (Garnier frères, Paris, 1881), vol.
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        ^ Garnier frères, 1877, vol.
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  • Ainsi presque tout est imitation.^ Ainsi presque tout est imitation.
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    .L’idée des Lettres persanes est prise de celle de l’Espion turc.^ L’idée des Lettres persanes est prise de celle de l’Espion turc.
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    ^ L’idée des Lettres persanes est prise de celle de l’Espion turc .
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    ^ Lettres de Memmius a Cicéron (1771) Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.
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    .Le Boiardo a imité le Pulci, l’Arioste a imité le Boiardo.^ Le Boiardo a imité le Pulci, l’Arioste a imité le Boiardo.
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    .Les esprits les plus originaux empruntent les uns des autres.
    • Almost everything is imitation.^ Almost everything is imitation.
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      ^ Les esprits les plus originaux empruntent les uns des autres.
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      ^ Les opinions ont plus causé de maux sur ce petit globe que la peste et les tremblements de terre.
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      .The idea of The Persian Letters was taken from The Turkish Spy.^ The idea of The Persian Letters was taken from The Turkish Spy .
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      .Boiardo imitated Pulci, Ariosto imitated Boiardo.^ Boiardo imitated Pulci , Ariosto imitated Boiardo.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .The most original writers borrowed from one another.
      • "Lettre XII: sur M. Pope et quelques autres poètes fameux," Lettres philosophiques (1733)
  • Il en est des livres comme du feu de nos foyers; on va prendre ce feu chez son voisin, on l’allume chez soi, on le communique à d’autres, et il appartient à tous.
    • What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths.^ Jump to: navigation , search "What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Lettre XII: sur M. Pope et quelques autres poètes fameux," Lettres philosophiques (1733) Il en est des livres comme du feu de nos foyers; on va prendre ce feu chez son voisin, on l’allume chez soi, on le communique à d’autres, et il appartient à tous.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire *** The instruction we find in books is like fire.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
      • "Lettre XII: sur M. Pope et quelques autres poètes fameux," Lettres philosophiques' (1733)
  • Où est l'amitié est la patrie.
    • Where there is friendship, there is our natural soil.^ We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We fetch it from our neighbor's, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letter to Nicolas-Claude Thieriot (1734)
  • Le paradis terrestre est où je suis.
    • Paradise is where I am.^ Letter to Nicolas-Claude Thieriot (1734) Le paradis terrestre est où je suis.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire's friend Nicolas-Claude Thieriot reported that Rohan had started with: "Monsieur de Voltaire, Monsieur Arouet, exactly what is your name?"
      • Voltaire: about this text 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC litgloss.buffalo.edu [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Le Mondain (1736)
  • Tout homme sensé, tout homme de bien, doit avoir la secte chrétienne en horreur.
    • Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.^ Le Mondain (1736) Tout homme sensé, tout homme de bien, doit avoir la secte chrétienne en horreur.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Toujours superstitieuse, toujours avide du bien d’autrui, toujours barbare, rampante dans le malheur, et insolente dans la prospérité.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
  • Aime la vérité, mais pardonne à l'erreur.
    • Love truth, but pardon error.
      • "Deuxième discours: de la liberté," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738)
  • Usez, n’abusez point; le sage ainsi l’ordonne.^ Discours en vers sur l'homme » (1734), dans Œuvres complètes de M. de Voltaire , Voltaire, éd.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Voltaire Love truth, and pardon error.
    • *�*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | November 21| Day of Kulkukan Mayan Columbine Mine Massacre Leary Chicago 7 Seven TrialHoffman Rubin Yippies Edison phonograph Birmingham Pub Bombings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.wilsonsalmanac.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Love truth, but pardon error.
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    .Je fuis également Épictète et Pétrone.^ Je fuis également Épictète et Pétrone.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .L’abstinence ou l’excès ne fit jamais d’heureux.
    • Use, do not abuse; the wise man arrange things so.^ Use, do not abuse; the wise man arrange things so.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]
      • Philosophy: Voltaire. Biography, Pictures, Portrait, Voltaire Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ L’abstinence ou l’excès ne fit jamais d’heureux.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .I flee Epictetus and Petronius alike.^ I flee Epictetus and Petronius alike.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.^ Neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire *** Use, do not abuse neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Cinquième discours: sur la nature de plaisir," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738)
  • Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire.
    • The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
      • "Sixième discours: sur la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738)
  • Une seule partie de la physique occupe la vie de plusieurs hommes, et les laisse souvent mourir dans l'incertitude.
    • A single part of physics occupies the lives of many men, and often leaves them dying in uncertainty.^ Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire *** The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Sixième discours: sur la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738) Une seule partie de la physique occupe la vie de plusieurs hommes, et les laisse souvent mourir dans l'incertitude.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "A Madame la Marquise du Châtelet, Avant-Propos," Eléments de Philosophie de Newton (1738)
  • Ne peut-on pas remonter jusqu’à ces anciens scélérats, fondateurs illustres de la superstition et du fanatisme, qui, les premiers, ont pris le couteau sur l’autel pour faire des victimes de ceux qui refusaient d’etre leurs disciples?
    • May we not return to those scoundrels of old, the illustrious founders of superstition and fanaticism, who first took the knife from the altar to make victims of those who refused to be their disciples?^ Voltaire wrote a book on Newton's philosophies: the Eléments de la philosophie de Newton (The Elements of Newton's Philosophies).

      ^ De l’art et de la littrature.
      • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

      ^ "A Madame la Marquise du Châtelet, Avant-Propos," Eléments de Philosophie de Newton (1738) Ne peut-on pas remonter jusqu’à ces anciens scélérats, fondateurs illustres de la superstition et du fanatisme, qui, les premiers, ont pris le couteau sur l’autel pour faire des victimes de ceux qui refusaient d’etre leurs disciples?
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letter to Frederick II of Prussia (trans.^ Letter to Frederick II of Prussia (trans.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Following the death of Madame du Chtelet in 1749, he finally accepted a long-standing invitation from Frederick II of Prussia to become resident at the Prussian court.

        ^ After a dispute with Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia, over a pamphlet he published in 1752 that was critical of Maupertuis, he wrote a letter to his niece, Mademoiselle Denis - another of his lovers - telling her that he was compiling a Dictionary for the Use of Kings .

        .Richard Aldington, December 1740 [1]
  • Mais qu’un marchand de chameaux excite une sédition dans sa bourgade; qu’associé à quelques malheureux coracites il leur persuade qu’il s’entretient avec l’ange Gabriel; qu’il se vante d’avoir été ravi au ciel, et d’y avoir reçu une partie de ce livre inintelligible qui fait frémir le sens commun à chaque page; que, pour faire respecter ce livre, il porte dans sa patrie le fer et la flamme; qu’il égorge les pères, qu’il ravisse les filles, qu’il donne aux vaincus le choix de sa religion ou de la mort, c’est assurément ce que nul homme ne peut excuser, à moins qu’il ne soit né Turc, et que la superstition n’étouffe en lui toute lumière naturelle.
    • But that a camel-merchant should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel; that he boasts of having been carried to heaven, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder; that, to pay homage to this book, he delivers his country to iron and flame; that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters; that he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death: this is assuredly nothing any man can excuse, at least if he was not born a Turk, or if superstition has not extinguished all natural light in him.^ Et c’est là ce qui a produit tous les crimes religieux dont la terre a été inondée.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Il n'est point de mal dont il ne naisse un bien.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letter to Frederick II of Prussia, December 1740, referring to Mohammed
  • Qui sert bien son pays n'a pas besoin d'aïeux.
    • Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.^ Letter to Frederick II of Prussia (trans.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire *** The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Mérope, act I, scene III (1743)
  • Les habiles tyrans ne sont jamais punis.
    • Clever tyrants are never punished.^ Mérope , act I, scene III (1743) Les habiles tyrans ne sont jamais punis.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Clever tyrants are never punished.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Jamais vingt volumes in-folio ne feront de révolution ; ce sont les petits livres portatifs à trente sous qui sont à craindre.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      .
      • Mérope, act V, scene V (1743)
  • Il vaut mieux hasarder de sauver un coupable que de condamner un innocent.
    • It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
      • Zadig (1747)
  • Qui plume a, guerre a.
    • To hold a pen is to be at war.
      • Letter to Jeanne-Grâce Bosc du Bouchet, comtesse d'Argental (1748-10-04)
      • This remark also appears in a letter to Marie-Louise Denis (May 22, 1752): To hold a pen is to be at war.^ To hold a pen is to be at war.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ This remark, however, does not appear in the letter.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Zadig (1747) Qui plume a, guerre a.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .This world is one vast temple consecrated to discord [Qui plume a, guerre a.^ Zadig (1747) Qui plume a, guerre a.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ This world is one vast temple consecrated to discord [ Qui plume a, guerre a.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Ce monde est un vaste temple dédié à la discorde ].
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .Ce monde est un vaste temple dédié à la discorde
        ].
  • C'est une des superstitions de l'esprit humain d'avoir imaginé que la virginité pouvait être une vertu.
    • It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.^ It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Ce monde est un vaste temple dédié à la discorde ].
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire *** It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750)
      • Note: This quotation and the three that follow directly below are from the so-called Leningrad Notebook, also known as Le Sottisier; it is one of several posthumously published notebooks of Voltaire.
  • Prier Dieu c'est se flatter qu'avec des paroles on changera toute la nature.
    • To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature.^ To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Prier Dieu c'est se flatter qu'avec des paroles on changera toute la nature.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750) Note: This quotation and the three that follow directly below are from the so-called Leningrad Notebook, also known as Le Sottisier; it is one of several posthumously published notebooks of Voltaire.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750)
  • Nous cherchons tous le bonheur, mais sans savoir où, comme les ivrognes qui cherchent leur maison, sachant confusément qu'ils en ont une.
    • We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.^ Happiness isn't necessarily found within or without or something one can achieve through direct pursuit; chances are, search as we may, it will only be experienced now and again indirectly .
      • VOLTAIRE, FRANCOIS-MARIE AROUET (1694-1778) 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC webpages.shepherd.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Il faut toujours que ce qui est grand soit attaqué par les petits esprits.
      • Voltaire Info | Facebook 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire *** Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750)
      • A variation on this remark can be found in the same notebook: Men who look for happiness are like drunkards who cannot find their house but know that they have one [Les hommes qui cherchent le bonheur sont comme des ivrognes qui ne peuvent trouver leur maison, mais qui savent qu'ils en ont une].
  • Si Dieu nous a faits à son image, nous le lui avons bien rendu.
    • If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.^ Il n'est point de mal dont il ne naisse un bien.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750)
  • Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort.
    • It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
      • "Catalogue pour la plupart des écrivains français qui ont paru dans Le Siècle de Louis XIV, pour servir à l'histoire littéraire de ce temps," Le Siècle de Louis XIV (1752)
      • Note: The most frequently attributed variant of this quote is: It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
  • Un ministre est excusable du mal qu’il fait, lorsque le gouvernail de l’État est forcé dans sa main par les tempêtes; mais dans le calme il est coupable de tout le bien qu’il ne fait pas.
    • A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do.
      • Le Siècle de Louis XIV, ch.^ A la beauté de ce portrait, ne prendrait-on pas Voltaire pour un petit Maimbourg ?
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

        ^ Il n'est point de mal dont il ne naisse un bien.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

        ^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .VI: "État de la France jusqu’à la mort du cardinal Mazarin en 1661" (1752) Unsourced paraphrase or variant translation: Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
  • Elle [la nation juive] ose étaler une haine irréconciliable contre toutes les nations; elle se révolte contre tous ses maîtres.^ Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
    • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
    • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.
    • Zen » Blog Archive » Top 100 Funny Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC leftofzen.com [Source type: General]

    .Toujours superstitieuse, toujours avide du bien d’autrui, toujours barbare, rampante dans le malheur, et insolente dans la prospérité.
    • The Jewish nation dares to display an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, and revolts against all masters; always superstitious, always greedy for the well-being enjoyed by others, always barbarous — cringing in misfortune and insolent in prosperity.^ Toujours superstitieuse, toujours avide du bien d’autrui, toujours barbare, rampante dans le malheur, et insolente dans la prospérité.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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      ^ The Jewish nation dares to display an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, and revolts against all masters; always superstitious, always greedy for the well-being enjoyed by others, always barbarous — cringing in misfortune and insolent in prosperity.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Esprit des Nations (1753), Introduction, XLII: Des Juifs depuis Saül [2]
  • Un peuple qui trafique de ses enfants est encore plus condamnable que l’acheteur: ce négoce démontre notre supériorité; ce qui se donne un maître était né pour en avoir.
    • A people that sells its own children is more condemnable than the buyer; this commerce demonstrates our superiority; he who gives himself a master was born to have one.^ Il me fallait le roi de Prusse pour maître et le peuple anglais pour concitoyen.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Gabriel Sénac de Meilhan , Considérations sur l'esprit et les moeurs (1788): "De L'Amitié."
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ A people that sells its own children is more condemnable than the buyer; this commerce demonstrates our superiority; he who gives himself a master was born to have one.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Espit des Nations (1753), ch.^ Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Espit des Nations (1753), ch.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Essai sur l'histoire générale et sur les mœurs et l'esprit des nations, Chapter 70 (1756) En aimant tant la gloire, comment pouvez-vous vous obstiner à un projet qui vous la fera perdre?
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .CXCVII: Résumé de toute cette histoire jusqu’au temps où commence le beau siècle de Louis XIV [3]
  • Ce corps qui s'appelait et qui s'appelle encore le saint empire romain n'était en aucune manière ni saint, ni romain, ni empire.
    • This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.^ CXCVII: Résumé de toute cette histoire jusqu’au temps où commence le beau siècle de Louis XIV [3] Ce corps qui s'appelait et qui s'appelle encore le saint empire romain n'était en aucune manière ni saint, ni romain, ni empire.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire *** This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
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      • Philosophy: Voltaire. Biography, Pictures, Portrait, Voltaire Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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      .
      • Essai sur l'histoire générale et sur les mœurs et l'esprit des nations, Chapter 70 (1756)
  • En aimant tant la gloire, comment pouvez-vous vous obstiner à un projet qui vous la fera perdre?
    • While loving glory so much how can you persist in a plan which will cause you to lose it?^ De l’art et de la littrature.
      • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Espit des Nations (1753), ch.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Essai sur l'histoire générale et sur les mœurs et l'esprit des nations, Chapter 70 (1756) En aimant tant la gloire, comment pouvez-vous vous obstiner à un projet qui vous la fera perdre?
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano's, 1927), transl.^ Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano's, 1927), transl.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ After the death of the Marquise, Voltaire moved to Berlin to join Frederick the Great , a close friend and admirer of his.

        ^ Voltaire, to give verisimilitude to his story, had, in his letter to Frederick, loaded the Bishop of Mirepoix with ridicule and abuse; and Frederick now secretly sent this letter to Mirepoix himself.
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        .Richard Aldington, letter 130 from Voltaire to Frederick II of Prussia, October 1757. [4]
  • Les opinions ont plus causé de maux sur ce petit globe que la peste et les tremblements de terre.
    • Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.
  • Il faut toujours en fait de nouvelles attendre le sacrement de la confirmation.
    • When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.^ Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In an 1759 letter, Voltaire wrote to a friend: .
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      ^ De l’art et de la littrature.
      • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

      .
      • Letter to Charles-Augustin Ferriol, comte d'Argental (1760-08-28)
  • Quand il s’agit d’argent, tout le monde est de la même religion.
    • When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.^ Voltaire *** When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Quand la populace se mêle de raisonner, tout est perdu.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]
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      • Letter to Mme. d'Épinal, .Ferney (1760-12-26) from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance (Garnier frères, Paris, 1881), vol.^ Ferney ( 1760 - 12-26 ) from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance (Garnier frères, Paris, 1881), vol.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Garnier frères, 1877, vol.
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        ^ Letter to Pierre-Joseph François Luneau de Boisjermain ( 1769 - 10-21 ), from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance [Garnier frères, Paris, 1882], vol.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .IX, letter # 4390 (p.^ IX, letter # 4390 (p.
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        124)
.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
  • There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
    • Letter to François-Joachim de Pierre, cardinal de Bernis (1761-04-23)
  • Quoi que vous fassiez, écrasez l'infâme, et aimez qui vous aime.
    • Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.
      • Letter to Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1762-11-28); This was written in reference to crushing superstition, and the words "écrasez l'infâme" ("Crush the Infamy") became a motto strongly identified with Voltaire.
  • La superstition est à la religion ce que l’astrologie est à l’astronomie, la fille très folle d’une mère très sage.^ Letter to Jean le Rond d'Alembert ( 1762 - 11-28 ); This was written in reference to crushing superstition, and the words " écrasez l'infâme " ("Crush the Infamy") became a motto strongly identified with Voltaire.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ François Marie Arouet de Voltaire .
    • Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It was also at this time that he began to sign his letters, Arouet de Voltaire.

    .Ces deux filles ont longtemps subjugué toute la terre.
    • Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother.^ Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Ces deux filles ont longtemps subjugué toute la terre.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ La superstition est à la religion ce que l’astrologie est à l’astronomie, la fille très folle d’une mère très sage.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .These daughters have too long dominated the earth.^ These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Whether it is useful to maintain the people in superstition," Treatise on Toleration (1763)
  • Il y a eu des gens qui ont dit autrefois: Vous croyez des choses incompréhensibles, contradictoires, impossibles, parce que nous vous l’avons ordonné; faites donc des choses injustes parce que nous vous l’ordonnons.^ "Whether it is useful to maintain the people in superstition," Treatise on Toleration (1763) Il y a eu des gens qui ont dit autrefois: Vous croyez des choses incompréhensibles, contradictoires, impossibles, parce que nous vous l’avons ordonné; faites donc des choses injustes parce que nous vous l’ordonnons.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Si vous n’opposez point aux ordres de croire l’impossible l’intelligence que Dieu a mise dans votre esprit, vous ne devez point opposer aux ordres de malfaire la justice que Dieu a mise dans votre coeur.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Les opinions ont plus causé de maux sur ce petit globe que la peste et les tremblements de terre.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Ces gens-là raisonnaient à merveille.^ Ces gens-là raisonnaient à merveille.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.^ Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ou vous lui demandez une chose juste; en ce cas il la doit, et elle se fera sans qu’on l’en prie; c’est même se défier de lui que lui faire instance ou la chose est injuste, et alors on l’outrage.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Si vous n’opposez point aux ordres de croire l’impossible l’intelligence que Dieu a mise dans votre esprit, vous ne devez point opposer aux ordres de malfaire la justice que Dieu a mise dans votre coeur.^ Si vous n’opposez point aux ordres de croire l’impossible l’intelligence que Dieu a mise dans votre esprit, vous ne devez point opposer aux ordres de malfaire la justice que Dieu a mise dans votre coeur.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Il ne reste que d’avouer que Dieu ayant agi pour le mieux n’a pu agir mieux.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Les opinions ont plus causé de maux sur ce petit globe que la peste et les tremblements de terre.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Une faculté de votre âme étant une fois tyrannisée, toutes les autres facultés doivent l’être également.^ Une faculté de votre âme étant une fois tyrannisée, toutes les autres facultés doivent l’être également.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Les esprits les plus originaux empruntent les uns des autres.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Man: General Reflection on Man" (1771) En général, l’art du gouvernement consiste à prendre le plus d’argent qu’on peut à une grande partie des citoyens, pour le donner à une autre partie.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Et c’est là ce qui a produit tous les crimes religieux dont la terre a été inondée.
    • Formerly there were those who said: You believe things that are incomprehensible, inconsistent, impossible because we have commanded you to believe them; go then and do what is unjust because we command it.^ Et c’est là ce qui a produit tous les crimes religieux dont la terre a été inondée.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Formerly there were those who said: You believe things that are incomprehensible, inconsistent, impossible because we have commanded you to believe them; go then and do what is unjust because we command it.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.
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      .Such people show admirable reasoning.^ Such people show admirable reasoning.
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      .Truly, whoever is able to make you absurd is able to make you unjust. If the God-given understanding of your mind does not resist a demand to believe what is impossible, then you will not resist a demand to do wrong to that God-given sense of justice in your heart.^ Truly, whoever is able to make you absurd is able to make you unjust.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If the God-given understanding of your mind does not resist a demand to believe what is impossible, then you will not resist a demand to do wrong to that God-given sense of justice in your heart.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ When God gives you AIDS - and God does give you AIDS, by the way - make lemonAIDS. .
      • Zen » Blog Archive » Top 100 Funny Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC leftofzen.com [Source type: General]

      .As soon as one faculty of your soul has been dominated, other faculties will follow as well.^ As soon as one faculty of your soul has been dominated, other faculties will follow as well.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .And from this derives all those crimes of religion which have overrun the world.^ And from this derives all those crimes of religion which have overrun the world.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Not every crime was so flagrant that it was 'worthy of the severest punishment known to the world's law,' but this one met all the requirements.
      • *�*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | November 21| Day of Kulkukan Mayan Columbine Mine Massacre Leary Chicago 7 Seven TrialHoffman Rubin Yippies Edison phonograph Birmingham Pub Bombings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.wilsonsalmanac.com [Source type: General]

      ^ He suggested that its basic moral principles were essentially the same as those of all religions, but that the morality actually exhibited by the church was infamous.

      • Questions sur les miracles (1765)
      • Alternative condensed translation: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."
  • La nôtre [religion] est sans contredit la plus ridicule, la plus absurde, et la plus sanguinaire qui ait jamais infecté le monde.
    .Votre Majesté rendra un service éternel au genre humain en détruisant cette infâme superstition, je ne dis pas chez la canaille, qui n’est pas digne d’être éclairée, et à laquelle tous les jougs sont propres; je dis chez les honnêtes gens, chez les hommes qui pensent, chez ceux qui veulent penser...^ Je ne serais point étonné que cette nation ne fût un jour funeste au genre humain.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Votre Majesté rendra un service éternel au genre humain en détruisant cette infâme superstition, je ne dis pas chez la canaille, qui n’est pas digne d’être éclairée, et à laquelle tous les jougs sont propres; je dis chez les honnêtes gens, chez les hommes qui pensent, chez ceux qui veulent penser...
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Nicolas-Claude Thieriot (1734) Le paradis terrestre est où je suis.
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    Je ne m’afflige de toucher à la mort que par mon profond regret de ne vous pas seconder dans cette noble entreprise, la plus belle et la plus respectable qui puisse signaler l’esprit humain.
    .
    • Ours is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world.^ Ours is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ La nôtre [religion] est sans contredit la plus ridicule, la plus absurde, et la plus sanguinaire qui ait jamais infecté le monde.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition, I do not say among the rabble, who are not worthy of being enlightened and who are apt for every yoke; I say among honest people, among men who think, among those who wish to think.^ Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition, I do not say among the rabble, who are not worthy of being enlightened and who are apt for every yoke; I say among honest people, among men who think, among those who wish to think.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "I love people who say what they think.

      ^ May we not return to those scoundrels of old, the illustrious founders of superstition and fanaticism, who first took the knife from the altar to make victims of those who refused to be their disciples?
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ... .My one regret in dying is that I cannot aid you in this noble enterprise, the finest and most respectable which the human mind can point out.^ My one regret in dying is that I cannot aid you in this noble enterprise, the finest and most respectable which the human mind can point out.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ This was a turning point for Voltaire, for he felt the sting of injustice most keenly, and it surely influenced his later campaigning against the injustices dealt out to others.
      • The Great Debate: Life of Voltaire 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC thegreatdebate.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano's, 1927), transl.^ Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano's, 1927), transl.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ After the death of the Marquise, Voltaire moved to Berlin to join Frederick the Great , a close friend and admirer of his.

        ^ Voltaire, to give verisimilitude to his story, had, in his letter to Frederick, loaded the Bishop of Mirepoix with ridicule and abuse; and Frederick now secretly sent this letter to Mirepoix himself.
        • Books: Voltaire and Frederick the Great 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC books.eserver.org [Source type: Original source]

        .Richard Aldington, letter 156 from Voltaire to Frederick II of Prussia, 1767-01-05 [5]
  • Le doute n'est pas une condition agréable, mais la certitude est absurde.
    • Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
      • Letter to Frederick II of Prussia (1767-04-06)
  • Où est le prince assez instruit pour savoir que depuis dix-sept cents ans la secte chrétienne n’a jamais fait que du mal?
    • Where is the prince sufficiently educated to know that for seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm?^ Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Frederick was then a prince, but would one day be king of Prussia.

      ^ Voltaire *** Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano's, 1927), transl.^ Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (New York: Brentano's, 1927), transl.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ After the death of the Marquise, Voltaire moved to Berlin to join Frederick the Great , a close friend and admirer of his.

        ^ Voltaire, to give verisimilitude to his story, had, in his letter to Frederick, loaded the Bishop of Mirepoix with ridicule and abuse; and Frederick now secretly sent this letter to Mirepoix himself.
        • Books: Voltaire and Frederick the Great 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC books.eserver.org [Source type: Original source]

        .Richard Aldington, letter 160 from Voltaire to Frederick II of Prussia, 1767-04-06 [6]
  • J'ai toujours fait une prière à Dieu, qui est fort courte.^ Richard Aldington , letter 130 from Voltaire to Frederick II of Prussia, October 1757.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Frederick II of Prussia (trans.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Richard Aldington , letter 156 from Voltaire to Frederick II of Prussia, 1767 - 01-05 [5] Le doute n'est pas une condition agréable, mais la certitude est absurde.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .La voici:
    Mon Dieu, rendez nos ennemis bien ridicules!^ La voici: Mon Dieu, rendez nos ennemis bien ridicules!
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Dieu m'a exaucé.
    • I always made one prayer to God, a very short one.^ I always made one prayer to God, a very short one.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Voltaire *** I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.'
      • Voltaire Quotes - Famous Quotes by Voltaire from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Here it is: "O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!"^ Here it is: "O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!"
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous."
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

      .God granted it.
      • Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville (1767-05-16)
  • En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
    • Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.^ History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
  • Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
    • It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.^ Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Deuxième Entretien Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Il n'est point de mal dont il ne naisse un bien.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Troisième Entretien
  • La vie est hérissée de ces épines, et je n'y sais d'autre remède que de cultiver son jardin.
    • Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one's garden.
      • Letter to Pierre-Joseph François Luneau de Boisjermain (1769-10-21), from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance [Garnier frères, Paris, 1882], vol.^ François Marie Arouet de Voltaire .
        • Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

        ^ De l’art et de la littrature.
        • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

        ^ Letter addressed to "un premier commis" [name unknown] ( 1733 - 06-20 ), from Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire: Correspondance [Garnier frères, Paris, 1880], vol.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .XIV, letter # 7692 (p.^ XIV, letter # 7692 (p.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .478)
  • C’est une grande question parmi eux s’ils [les africains] sont descendus des singes ou si les singes sont venus d’eux.^ Les Grands artistes » (ou coll.
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    ^ C’est une grande question parmi eux s’ils [les africains] sont descendus des singes ou si les singes sont venus d’eux.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Il a les gentillesses et les malices d'un singe.
    • Books: Voltaire and Frederick the Great 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC books.eserver.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Nos sages ont dit que l’homme est l’image de Dieu: voilà une plaisante image de l’Être éternel qu’un nez noir épaté, avec peu ou point d’intelligence!^ Nos sages ont dit que l’homme est l’image de Dieu: voilà une plaisante image de l’Être éternel qu’un nez noir épaté, avec peu ou point d’intelligence!
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Oedipe , act II, scene IV (1718) C'est un poids bien pesant qu'un nom trop tôt fameux.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Si vous n’opposez point aux ordres de croire l’impossible l’intelligence que Dieu a mise dans votre esprit, vous ne devez point opposer aux ordres de malfaire la justice que Dieu a mise dans votre coeur.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Un temps viendra, sans doute, où ces animaux sauront bien cultiver la terre, l’embellir par des maisons et par des jardins, et connaître la route des astres il faut du temps pour tout.
    • It is a serious question among them whether they [Africans] are descended from monkeys or whether the monkeys come from them.^ Un temps viendra, sans doute, où ces animaux sauront bien cultiver la terre, l’embellir par des maisons et par des jardins, et connaître la route des astres il faut du temps pour tout.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It is a serious question among them whether they [Africans] are descended from monkeys or whether the monkeys come from them.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Finally Candide finds the pleasures of cultivating one's garden - "Il faut cultiver notre jardin."

      .Our wise men have said that man was created in the image of God.^ Our wise men have said that man was created in the image of God.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In a word, we only pray to God because we have made him in our image.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Originality Quotes Add to Favorite List We offer up prayers to God only because we have made Him after our own image.

      .Now here is a lovely image of the Divine Maker: a flat and black nose with little or hardly any intelligence.^ Now here is a lovely image of the Divine Maker: a flat and black nose with little or hardly any intelligence.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Ask a negro of Guinea; beauty is to him a black, oily skin, sunken eyes, and a flat nose.

      .A time will doubtless come when these animals will know how to cultivate the land well, beautify their houses and gardens, and know the paths of the stars: one needs time for everything.^ He called this need to educate oneself "cultivating one's garden."
      • Voltaire - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

      ^ A time will doubtless come when these animals will know how to cultivate the land well, beautify their houses and gardens, and know the paths of the stars: one needs time for everything.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Les Lettres d'Amabed (1769): Septième Lettre d'Amabed [7]
  • On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons.
    • It is said that God is always on the side of the big battalions.
      • Letter to François-Louis-Henri Leriche (1770-02-06)
      • Note: In his Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750), Voltaire wrote: God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
  • C'est une plaisante chose que la pensée dépende absolument de l'estomac, et malgré cela les meilleurs estomacs ne soient pas les meilleurs penseurs.
    • Thought depends largely on the stomach.^ A la beauté de ce portrait, ne prendrait-on pas Voltaire pour un petit Maimbourg ?
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ It is said that God is always on the side of the big battalions.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Les Lettres d'Amabed (1769): Septième Lettre d'Amabed [7] On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .In spite of this, those with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers.^ In spite of this, those with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      • Letter to Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1770-08-20)
  • Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.
    • If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
      • Épître à l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs (1770-11-10)
  • "Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer." Mais toute la nature nous crie qu'il existe; qu'il y a une intelligence suprême, un pouvoir immense, un ordre admirable, et tout nous instruit de notre dépendance.
    • "If God did not exist, He would have to be invented." .But all nature cries aloud that he does exist: that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.
      • Voltaire quoting himself in his Letter to Prince Frederick William of Prussia (1770-11-28), translated by S.G. Tallentyre, Voltaire in His Letters, 1919.
  • Tous les autres peuples ont commis des crimes, les Juifs sont les seuls qui s'en soient vantés.^ Tous les autres peuples ont commis des crimes, les Juifs sont les seuls qui s'en soient vantés.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Voltaire quoting himself in his Letter to Prince Frederick William of Prussia ( 1770 - 11-28 ), translated by S.G. Tallentyre , Voltaire in His Letters, 1919.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Frederick II of Prussia (trans.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Ils sont tous nés avec la rage du fanatisme dans le cœur, comme les Bretons et les Germains naissent avec des cheveux blonds.^ Il s’inscrit galement dans le mythe du gnie polyvalent de la Renaissance.
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Ils sont tous nés avec la rage du fanatisme dans le cœur, comme les Bretons et les Germains naissent avec des cheveux blonds.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Deuxième Entretien Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Je ne serais point étonné que cette nation ne fût un jour funeste au genre humain.
    • All of the other people have committed crimes, the Jews are the only ones who have boasted about committing them.^ All of the other people have committed crimes, the Jews are the only ones who have boasted about committing them.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Je ne serais point étonné que cette nation ne fût un jour funeste au genre humain.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ A people that sells its own children is more condemnable than the buyer; this commerce demonstrates our superiority; he who gives himself a master was born to have one.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair.^ They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Within hours of the Haitian earthquake, all these reactions were on display, just as they had been after the Boxing Day tsunami.
      • Voltaire and Haiti | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

      .I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race.^ I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Young people these days!

      ^ SHIT!) I was really nervous about how people would react to Almost Human .

      • Lettres de Memmius a Cicéron (1771)
  • Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.
    • The better is the enemy of the good.
      • La Bégueule (1772)
      • Variant translations:
        .The perfect is the enemy of the good.^ La Bégueule (1772) Variant translations: The perfect is the enemy of the good.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


        .The best is the enemy of the good.^ The best is the enemy of the good.
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        • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

        .
      • Note: This quotation also appears in Italian (Il meglio è l'inimico del bene) in the Questions sur l'Encyclopédie article, "Dramatic Art" (1764)
  • J'aime fort la vérité, mais je n'aime point du tout le martyre.
    • I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.^ I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Note: This quotation also appears in Italian ( Il meglio è l'inimico del bene ) in the Questions sur l'Encyclopédie article, "Dramatic Art" (1764) J'aime fort la vérité, mais je n'aime point du tout le martyre.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Questions sur les miracles (1765) Alternative condensed translation: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letter to Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1776-02-08)
  • Je meurs en adorant Dieu, en aimant mes amis, en ne haïssant pas mes ennemis et en détestant la superstition.
    • I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
      • Déclaration de Voltaire, note to his secretary, Jean-Louis Wagnière (1778-02-28)
  • Que les supplices des criminels soient utiles.^ Le Siècle de Louis XIV , Voltaire, éd.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ De l’art et de la littrature.
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    ^ I die adoring God,loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
    • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

    .Un homme pendu n’est bon à rien, et un homme condamné aux ouvrages publics sert encore la patrie, et est une leçon vivante.
    • Let the punishments of criminals be useful.^ Let the punishments of criminals be useful.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Un homme pendu n’est bon à rien, et un homme condamné aux ouvrages publics sert encore la patrie, et est une leçon vivante.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Nous sommes tous pétris de faiblesses et d’erreurs; pardonnons-nous réciproquement nos sottises, c’est la première loi de la nature.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.
      • "Civil and Ecclesiastical Laws," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789)
      • Note: The Dictionnaire philosophique was a posthumously published collection of articles combining the Dictionnaire philosophique portatif (published under various editions and titles from 1764 to 1777), the Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (published from 1770 to 1774), articles written for the Encyclopédie and the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, the manuscript known as l'Opinion sur l'alphabet and a number of previously published miscellaneous articles.
  • Laissez lire, et laissez danser; ces deux amusements ne feront jamais de mal au monde.
    • Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.^ Sourced 1.1 Dictionnaire philosophique portatif (1764) 1.2 Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (1770-1774) 2 Misattributed 3 About Voltaire 4 External links .
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Civil and Ecclesiastical Laws," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789) Note: The Dictionnaire philosophique was a posthumously published collection of articles combining the Dictionnaire philosophique portatif (published under various editions and titles from 1764 to 1777), the Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (published from 1770 to 1774), articles written for the Encyclopédie and the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française , the manuscript known as l'Opinion sur l'alphabet and a number of previously published miscellaneous articles.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Liberty of the Press," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789)
  • Toutes les sectes des philosophes ont échoué contre l’écueil du mal physique et moral.^ "Liberty of the Press," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789) Toutes les sectes des philosophes ont échoué contre l’écueil du mal physique et moral.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Toujours superstitieuse, toujours avide du bien d’autrui, toujours barbare, rampante dans le malheur, et insolente dans la prospérité.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ V (1927) CONTES DE GIULLAME DE VADÉ, 1764 THÉÂTRE DE P. CORNEILLE AVEC SES COMMENTAIRES, 1764 JULES-CÉSAR, 1764 (tragedy, based on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar) DANS CETTE VIE TOUT EST VÉRITE ET TOUT MENSONGE, 1764 (comedy) DICTIONNAIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE PORTATIF, 1764 (rev.

    .Il ne reste que d’avouer que Dieu ayant agi pour le mieux n’a pu agir mieux.
    • All philosophical sects have run aground on the reef of moral and physical ill.^ Dieu n'a créé les femmes que pour apprivoiser les hommes.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Il ne reste que d’avouer que Dieu ayant agi pour le mieux n’a pu agir mieux.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ All philosophical sects have run aground on the reef of moral and physical ill.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .It only remains for us to confess that God, having acted for the best, had not been able to do better.^ It only remains for us to confess that God, having acted for the best, had not been able to do better.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ God can better be described at the consciousness of the universe, the total of the lives within us all.
      • Voltaire and Haiti | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

      ^ OldBathrobe: If you want to accuse God of torturing people, you have to propose some better mechanism to produce us than natural selection.
      • Voltaire and Haiti | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

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      • "Power, Omnipotence," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789)
  • L'homme doit être content, dit-on; mais de quoi?
    • Man ought to be content, it is said; but with what?
    • Pensées, Remarques, et Observations de Voltaire; ouvrage posthume (1802)
      • Note: This is from a volume of posthumously published "Thoughts, remarks and observations" believed to be by Voltaire.^ Direction d’ouvrage et de collection .
        • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

        ^ Dictionnaire philosophique , Voltaire , éd.
        • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

        ^ Dictionnaire philosophique », dans Œuvres complètes de Voltaire , éd.
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        .[8]
  • Le public est une bête féroce: il faut l’enchaîner ou la fuir.
    • The public is a ferocious beast: one must chain it up or flee from it.^ The public is a ferocious beast: one must chain it up or flee from it.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Le public est une bête féroce: il faut l’enchaîner ou la fuir.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • Letter to Mademoiselle Quinault, quoted in Charles Sainte-Beuve, "Lettres inédites de Voltaire," Causeries de Lundi (20 October 1856) [9]; an English translation can be found on this page: [10]
  • I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.^ Letter to Mademoiselle Quinault, quoted in Charles Sainte-Beuve, "Lettres inédites de Voltaire," Causeries de Lundi (20 October 1856) [9] ; an English translation can be found on this page: [10] I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But Maupertuis must needs write his Letters, and thereupon (1752) appeared one of Voltaire's most famous, though perhaps not one of his most read works, the Histoire du docteur Akakia et du natif de Saint-Malo.
    • Voltaire: about this text 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC litgloss.buffalo.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The evidence against de la Barre was that he was known to have passed a procession bearing the Sacrament without taking off his hat, and more damaging still was the fact that there was found in his room a copy of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary ."
    • *�*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | November 21| Day of Kulkukan Mayan Columbine Mine Massacre Leary Chicago 7 Seven TrialHoffman Rubin Yippies Edison phonograph Birmingham Pub Bombings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.wilsonsalmanac.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • As quoted in More Random Walks in Science : An Anthology (1982) by Robert L. Weber, p.^ As quoted in More Random Walks in Science : An Anthology (1982) by Robert L. Weber, p.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      65

Dictionnaire philosophique portatif (1764)

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  • La morale est la même chez tous les hommes, donc elle vient de Dieu; le culte est différent, donc il est l’ouvrage des hommes.
    • Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men.^ Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ La morale est la même chez tous les hommes, donc elle vient de Dieu; le culte est différent, donc il est l’ouvrage des hommes.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Deuxième Entretien Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Atheist" (1764)
  • Tel homme qui dans un excès de mélancolie se tue aujourd’hui aimerait à vivre s’il attendait huit jours.
    • The man, who in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week.^ "Atheist" (1764) Tel homme qui dans un excès de mélancolie se tue aujourd’hui aimerait à vivre s’il attendait huit jours.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The man, who in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Sixième discours: sur la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738) Une seule partie de la physique occupe la vie de plusieurs hommes, et les laisse souvent mourir dans l'incertitude.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

  • Ne ressemblons-nous pas presque tous à ce vieux général de quatre-vingt-dix ans, qui, ayant rencontré de jeunes officiers qui faisaient un peu de désordre avec des filles, leur dit tout en colère: "Messieurs, est-ce là l’exemple que je vous donne?"
    • Do not most of us resemble that old general of ninety who, having come upon some young officers debauching some girls, said to them angrily: "Gentlemen, is that the example I give you?"
      • "Character" (1764)
  • On dit quelquefois: "Le sens commun est fort rare."
    • People sometimes say: "Common sense is quite rare." .
      • "Common Sense" (1765)
      • Note: The better known variant of this quote is "Common sense is not so common," said to be in the Philosophical Dictionary entry "Self-Love"; but it is not found there.
  • Sa réputation s’affermira toujours, parce qu’on ne le lit guère.
    • His reputation will go on increasing because scarcely anyone reads him.^ Sa réputation s’affermira toujours, parce qu’on ne le lit guère.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ His reputation will go on increasing because scarcely anyone reads him.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Common Sense" (1765) Note: The better known variant of this quote is "Common sense is not so common," said to be in the Philosophical Dictionary entry "Self-Love"; but it is not found there.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Tous les hommes seraient donc nécessairement égaux, s’ils étaient sans besoins.^ "Dante " (1765) Tous les hommes seraient donc nécessairement égaux, s’ils étaient sans besoins.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Si l'homme est créé libre, il doit se gouverner Si l'homme a des tyrans, il les doît détrôner.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Ce sont les vents qui enflent les voiles du vaisseau : elles le submergent quelquefois ; mais sans elles l'homme ne saurait vivre.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    .La misère attachée à notre espèce subordonne un homme à un autre homme: ce n’est pas l’inégalité qui est un malheur réel, c’est la dépendance.
    • All men would then be necessarily equal, if they were without needs.^ La misère attachée à notre espèce subordonne un homme à un autre homme: ce n’est pas l’inégalité qui est un malheur réel, c’est la dépendance.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ All men would then be necessarily equal, if they were without needs.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ La Henriade, chant troisième, l.41 (1722) L'homme est libre au moment qu'il veut l'être.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .It is the poverty connected with our species which subordinates one man to another.^ It is the poverty connected with our species which subordinates one man to another.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ When one man speaks to another man who doesn't understand him, and when the man who's speaking no longer understands, it's metaphysics.
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

      .It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.^ It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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      • "Equality" (1764)
  • Telle est donc la condition humaine que souhaiter la grandeur de son pays, c’est souhaiter du mal à ses voisins.
    • Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one's country is to wish harm to one's neighbors.^ "Equality" (1764) Telle est donc la condition humaine que souhaiter la grandeur de son pays, c’est souhaiter du mal à ses voisins.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one's country is to wish harm to one's neighbors.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Fatherland" (1764)
  • Les hommes vertueux ont seuls des amis.
    • Virtuous men alone possess friends.^ "Fatherland" (1764) Les hommes vertueux ont seuls des amis.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Virtuous men alone possess friends.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Sixième discours: sur la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738) Une seule partie de la physique occupe la vie de plusieurs hommes, et les laisse souvent mourir dans l'incertitude.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Voulez-vous avoir de bonnes lois; brûlez les vôtres, et faites-en de nouvelles.
    • If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones.^ "Friendship" (1764) Voulez-vous avoir de bonnes lois; brûlez les vôtres, et faites-en de nouvelles.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Questions sur les miracles (1765) Alternative condensed translation: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Le préjugé est une opinion sans jugement.
    • Prejudice is an opinion without judgement.^ Prejudice is an opinion without judgement.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Laws" (1765) Le préjugé est une opinion sans jugement.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Le pays de saint Augustin n’est plus qu’un repaire de pirates.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      .
      • "Prejudices" (1764)
  • Qu’est-ce que la tolérance?^ "Equality" (1764) Telle est donc la condition humaine que souhaiter la grandeur de son pays, c’est souhaiter du mal à ses voisins.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Et c’est là ce qui a produit tous les crimes religieux dont la terre a été inondée.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Prier Dieu c'est se flatter qu'avec des paroles on changera toute la nature.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    c’est l’apanage de l’humanité. .Nous sommes tous pétris de faiblesses et d’erreurs; pardonnons-nous réciproquement nos sottises, c’est la première loi de la nature.
    • What is tolerance?^ Nous sommes tous pétris de faiblesses et d’erreurs; pardonnons-nous réciproquement nos sottises, c’est la première loi de la nature.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Sixième discours: sur la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738) Une seule partie de la physique occupe la vie de plusieurs hommes, et les laisse souvent mourir dans l'incertitude.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      It is the consequence of humanity. .We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly — that is the first law of nature.
      • "Tolerance" (1764)
  • Une compagnie de graves tyrans est inaccessible à toutes les séductions.
    • A company of solemn tyrants is impervious to all seductions.^ We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly — that is the first law of nature.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

      ^ A company of solemn tyrants is impervious to all seductions.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      • "Tyranny" (1764)

Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (1770-1774)

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  • On en trouve [l'argent] toujours quand il s’agit d’aller faire tuer des hommes sur la frontière: il n’y en a plus quand il faut les sauver.
    • Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so.^ Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ On en trouve [l'argent] toujours quand il s’agit d’aller faire tuer des hommes sur la frontière: il n’y en a plus quand il faut les sauver.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Deuxième Entretien Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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      • "Charity" (1770)
  • La vertu suppose la liberté, comme le transport d’un fardeau suppose la force active.^ Il nous représente Mahomet comme un homme qui a eu la gloire de tirer presque toute l'Asie des ténèbres de l'idôlatrie.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Le mensonge n'est un vice que quand il fait du mal; c'est une très grande vertu, quand il fait du bien.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Le fanatisme est à la superstition ce que le transport est à la fièvre, ce que la rage est à la colère.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    .Dans la contrainte point de vertu, et sans vertu point de religion.^ De l’art et de la littrature.
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    ^ French: La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'eloge ment apres leur mort.
    • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tant qu’il y aura des fripons et des imbéciles, il y aura des religions.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    .Rends-moi esclave, je n’en serai pas meilleur.^ Rends-moi esclave, je n’en serai pas meilleur.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Le souverain même n’a aucun droit d’employer la contrainte pour amener les hommes à la religion, qui suppose essentiellement choix et liberté.^ Le souverain même n’a aucun droit d’employer la contrainte pour amener les hommes à la religion, qui suppose essentiellement choix et liberté.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Toujours superstitieuse, toujours avide du bien d’autrui, toujours barbare, rampante dans le malheur, et insolente dans la prospérité.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ She wrote Institutions dehysique (1740), Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu (1 744), Doutes sur les religions reculees (1792), and in 1756 published a translation of Newton's Principia.
    • Francois Marie Arouet De Voltaire - LoveToKnow 1911 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Ma pensée n’est pas plus soumise à l’autorité que la maladie ou la santé.
    • Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes active force.^ Ma pensée n’est pas plus soumise à l’autorité que la maladie ou la santé.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes active force.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Les opinions ont plus causé de maux sur ce petit globe que la peste et les tremblements de terre.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue there is no religion.
      Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for it.^ The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
      • Zen » Blog Archive » Top 100 Funny Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC leftofzen.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for it.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue there is no religion.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty.^ Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Out of their misery and wretchedness, the submerged poor recognized him who had wept and clamored for the right of all men and made freedom a possibility even for them.

      .My thought is no more subject to authority than is sickness or health.^ My thought is no more subject to authority than is sickness or health.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Stanisŀaw Jerzy Lec , More Unkempt Thoughts [Myśli nieuczesane nowe] (1964) Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Why is there no tract of land where there are not more insects than men?

      .
      • "Canon Law: Ecclesiastical Ministry" (1771)
  • Le divorce est probablement de la même date à peu près que le mariage.^ "Canon Law: Ecclesiastical Ministry" (1771) Le divorce est probablement de la même date à peu près que le mariage.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville ( 1767 - 05-16 ) En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nous sommes tous pétris de faiblesses et d’erreurs; pardonnons-nous réciproquement nos sottises, c’est la première loi de la nature.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Je crois pourtant que le mariage est de quelques semaines plus ancien.
    • Divorce is probably of nearly the same age as marriage.^ Divorce is probably of nearly the same age as marriage.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage.
      • Voltaire quotes, quotations, phrases, words 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.icelebz.com [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Je crois pourtant que le mariage est de quelques semaines plus ancien.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.^ I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Even now, however, in his sixtieth year, it required some more external pressure to induce him to make himself independent.
      • Voltaire: about this text 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC litgloss.buffalo.edu [Source type: Original source]
      • Francois Marie Arouet De Voltaire - LoveToKnow 1911 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Divorce" (1771)
  • Il faut vingt ans pour mener l’homme de l’état de plante où il est dans le ventre de sa mère, et de l’état de pur animal, qui est le partage de sa première enfance, jusqu’à celui où la maturité de la raison commence à poindre.^ Plus les hommes seront éclairés, et plus ils seront libres.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Pour cette raison, il s’intresse particulirement l’estampe et la mdaille.
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    ^ "Divorce" (1771) Il faut vingt ans pour mener l’homme de l’état de plante où il est dans le ventre de sa mère, et de l’état de pur animal, qui est le partage de sa première enfance, jusqu’à celui où la maturité de la raison commence à poindre.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Il a fallu trente siècles pour connaître un peu sa structure.^ Il a fallu trente siècles pour connaître un peu sa structure.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Les paroles sont aux pensées ce que l'or est aux diamants : il est nécessaire pour les mettre en œuvre, mais il en faut peu.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    .Il faudrait l’éternité pour connaître quelque chose de son âme.^ Il faudrait l’éternité pour connaître quelque chose de son âme.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ J’ai pris son parti hautement, quand des hommes absurdes l’ont condamné pour ces vérités mêmes.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Pour montrer la grandeur de l’art franais, il suggre l’organisation d’expositions rtrospectives, l’imitation des Anglais.
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    .Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
    • It requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear.^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Deuxième Entretien Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure.^ It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .It would need eternity to learn something about his soul.^ It would need eternity to learn something about his soul.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .It takes an instant to kill him.^ It takes an instant to kill him.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .
      • "Man: General Reflection on Man" (1771)
  • En général, l’art du gouvernement consiste à prendre le plus d’argent qu’on peut à une grande partie des citoyens, pour le donner à une autre partie.
    • In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.^ "Man: General Reflection on Man" (1771) En général, l’art du gouvernement consiste à prendre le plus d’argent qu’on peut à une grande partie des citoyens, pour le donner à une autre partie.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Les esprits les plus originaux empruntent les uns des autres.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Voyez les conditions d’utilisation pour plus de détails.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

      .
      • "Money" (1770)
  • Rien n’est si ordinaire que d’imiter ses ennemis, et d’employer leurs armes.
    • Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons.
      • "Oracles" (1770)
  • L’Éternel a ses desseins de toute éternité.^ Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Money" (1770) Rien n’est si ordinaire que d’imiter ses ennemis, et d’employer leurs armes.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Oracles" (1770) L’Éternel a ses desseins de toute éternité.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Si la prière est d’accord avec ses volontés immuables, il est très inutile de lui demander ce qu’il a résolu de faire.^ Si la prière est d’accord avec ses volontés immuables, il est très inutile de lui demander ce qu’il a résolu de faire.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Qu’est-ce que l’INHA ?
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Si on le prie de faire le contraire de ce qu’il a résolu, c’est le prier d’être faible, léger, inconstant; c’est croire qu’il soit tel, c’est se moquer de lui.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Si on le prie de faire le contraire de ce qu’il a résolu, c’est le prier d’être faible, léger, inconstant; c’est croire qu’il soit tel, c’est se moquer de lui.^ Si la prière est d’accord avec ses volontés immuables, il est très inutile de lui demander ce qu’il a résolu de faire.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Si on le prie de faire le contraire de ce qu’il a résolu, c’est le prier d’être faible, léger, inconstant; c’est croire qu’il soit tel, c’est se moquer de lui.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Qu’est-ce que l’INHA ?
    • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

    .Ou vous lui demandez une chose juste; en ce cas il la doit, et elle se fera sans qu’on l’en prie; c’est même se défier de lui que lui faire instance ou la chose est injuste, et alors on l’outrage.^ Ou vous lui demandez une chose juste; en ce cas il la doit, et elle se fera sans qu’on l’en prie; c’est même se défier de lui que lui faire instance ou la chose est injuste, et alors on l’outrage.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Si la prière est d’accord avec ses volontés immuables, il est très inutile de lui demander ce qu’il a résolu de faire.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Vous êtes digne ou indigne de la grâce que vous implorez: si digne, il le sait mieux que vous; si indigne, on commet un crime de plus en demandant ce qu’on ne mérite pas.^ Il ne faut qu’un instant pour le tuer.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Les esprits les plus originaux empruntent les uns des autres.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Vous êtes digne ou indigne de la grâce que vous implorez: si digne, il le sait mieux que vous; si indigne, on commet un crime de plus en demandant ce qu’on ne mérite pas.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .En un mot, nous ne faisons des prières à Dieu que parce que nous l’avons fait à notre image.^ En un mot, nous ne faisons des prières à Dieu que parce que nous l’avons fait à notre image.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Si vous n’opposez point aux ordres de croire l’impossible l’intelligence que Dieu a mise dans votre esprit, vous ne devez point opposer aux ordres de malfaire la justice que Dieu a mise dans votre coeur.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Il ne reste que d’avouer que Dieu ayant agi pour le mieux n’a pu agir mieux.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Nous le traitons comme un bacha, comme un sultan qu’on peut irriter ou apaiser.
    • The Eternal has his designs from all eternity. If prayer is in accord with his immutable wishes, it is quite useless to ask of him what he has resolved to do.^ Nous le traitons comme un bacha, comme un sultan qu’on peut irriter ou apaiser.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The Eternal has his designs from all eternity.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If prayer is in accord with his immutable wishes, it is quite useless to ask of him what he has resolved to do.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .If one prays to him to do the contrary of what he has resolved, it is praying that he be weak, frivolous, inconstant; it is believing that he is thus, it is to mock him.^ If one prays to him to do the contrary of what he has resolved, it is praying that he be weak, frivolous, inconstant; it is believing that he is thus, it is to mock him.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Either you ask him a just thing, in which case he must do it, the thing being done without your praying to him for it, and so to entreat him is then to distrust him; or the thing is unjust, and then you insult him.^ Either you ask him a just thing, in which case he must do it, the thing being done without your praying to him for it, and so to entreat him is then to distrust him; or the thing is unjust, and then you insult him.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Formerly there were those who said: You believe things that are incomprehensible, inconsistent, impossible because we have commanded you to believe them; go then and do what is unjust because we command it.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Like once at a dinner party, a woman turned to him and said, “If I were your wife, I would give you arsenic.” He replied, “And if I were your husband, I would take it.” .
      • Zen » Blog Archive » Top 100 Funny Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC leftofzen.com [Source type: General]

      .You are worthy or unworthy of the grace you implore: if worthy, he knows it better than you; if unworthy, you commit another crime by requesting what is undeserved.^ You are worthy or unworthy of the grace you implore: if worthy, he knows it better than you; if unworthy, you commit another crime by requesting what is undeserved.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There are better quotes from classics than Chris Rock and Seinfeld you know… .
      • Zen » Blog Archive » Top 100 Funny Quotes 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC leftofzen.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Tasso and Ariosto will do much more for you than I can, and reading our best poets is better than all lessons.


      .In a word, we only pray to God because we have made him in our image.^ If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In a word, we only pray to God because we have made him in our image.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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      ^ Voltaire raised his hand above the boy's head and blessed him with the words "God" and "Liberty."

      .We treat him like a pasha, like a sultan whom one may provoke or appease.^ We treat him like a pasha, like a sultan whom one may provoke or appease.
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      ^ Nevertheless his intellectual vigor was maintained to an astonishing degree, and it may have been mainly this that attracted women to him, for the women with whom he cohabited were also women of intellect.

      ^ After him come men more respectable still, but whom we may almost despair of imitating; these are Epictetus in slavery, and Antoninus and Julian upon a throne.

      • "Prayers" (1770)
  • Il est défendu de tuer; tout meurtrier est puni, à moins qu’il n’ait tué en grande compagnie, et au son des trompettes.
    • It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
      • "Rights" (1771)

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  • Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.^ Anything too stupid to be said is sung.
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    ^ Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Source: "Nowadays what isn't worth saying is sung" (Aujourd'hui ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante) — Pierre de Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville (1775), act I, scene II.
    • In George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, act II, there is the following dialogue:
      TANNER: Let me remind you that Voltaire said that what was too silly to be said could be sung.^ Source: "Nowadays what isn't worth saying is sung" ( Aujourd'hui ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante ) — Pierre de Beaumarchais , Le Barbier de Séville (1775), act I, scene II. In George Bernard Shaw 's Man and Superman , act II, there is the following dialogue: TANNER: Let me remind you that Voltaire said that what was too silly to be said could be sung.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Oedipe , act II, scene IV (1718) C'est un poids bien pesant qu'un nom trop tôt fameux.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ French: La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'eloge ment apres leur mort.
      • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]


      .STRAKER. It wasn't Voltaire: it was Bow Mar Shay.^ STRAKER. It wasn't Voltaire: it was Bow Mar Shay.
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      .TANNER. I stand corrected: Beaumarchais of course.
    • This quote has also been attributed to Joseph Addison.^ This quote has also been attributed to Joseph Addison .
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      ^ TANNER. I stand corrected: Beaumarchais of course.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .In The Spectator, 1711-03-21, Addison wrote of "an establish'd Rule, which is receiv'd as such to this Day, That nothing is capable of being well set to Musick, that is not Nonsense."
  • Business is the salt of life.^ Business is the salt of life.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In The Spectator , 1711 - 03-21 , Addison wrote of "an establish'd Rule, which is receiv'd as such to this Day, That nothing is capable of being well set to Musick, that is not Nonsense.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ World Television Day The UN General Assembly established November 21 as World Television Day to encourage nations to exchange cultural programming.
    • *�*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | November 21| Day of Kulkukan Mayan Columbine Mine Massacre Leary Chicago 7 Seven TrialHoffman Rubin Yippies Edison phonograph Birmingham Pub Bombings 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.wilsonsalmanac.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • This is a proverb which can be found in Robert Codrington's "Youth's Behaviour, Second Part" (1672) and in Thomas Fuller's "Gnomologia" (1732).
  • Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.^ "Defend me from my friends," wrote Gourville, exile and fugitive, "I can defend myself from my enemies."
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
    • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Garantissez-moi de mes amis, écrivait Gourville proscrit et fugitif, je saurai me défendre de mes ennemis. ("Defend me from my friends," wrote Gourville, exile and fugitive, "I can defend myself from my enemies."^ "Defend me from my friends," wrote Gourville, exile and fugitive, "I can defend myself from my enemies."
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Garantissez-moi de mes amis, écrivait Gourville proscrit et fugitif, je saurai me défendre de mes ennemis.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ) — Gabriel Sénac de Meilhan, Considérations sur l'esprit et les moeurs (1788): "De L'Amitié." Sénac de Meilhan was quoting Jean Hérault, sieur de Gourville (1625 - 1703).
    • The remark has often been attributed to Voltaire and to Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars.
  • God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. .
    • For a discussion of this quotation, which is uncertain in origin but was quoted long before Voltaire, see the following: [11]
  • God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.^ "Creator — A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh."
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For a discussion of this quotation, which is uncertain in origin but was quoted long before Voltaire, see the following: [11] God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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    .
    • "Creator — A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh."^ "Creator — A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh."
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ For a discussion of this quotation, which is uncertain in origin but was quoted long before Voltaire, see the following: [11] God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .H.L. Mencken, in A Book of Burlesques‎ (1920), p.^ H.L. Mencken , in A Book of Burlesques‎ (1920), p.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .203. and A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949), Ch.^ A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949), Ch.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .30
  • I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.^ Voltaire vs Needham "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

    ^ I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
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    .
    • Though these words are regularly attributed to Voltaire, they were first used by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1906), as a summation of Voltaire's beliefs on freedom of thought and expression.
    • Another possible source for the quote was proposed by Norbert Guterman, editor of "A Book of French Quotations," who noted a letter to M. le Riche (February 6, 1770) in which Voltaire is quoted as saying: "Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write" ("Monsieur l'abbé, je déteste ce que vous écrivez, mais je donnerai ma vie pour que vous puissiez continuer à écrire").^ In Le Voltaire, 10 mai 1886, p.
      • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

      ^ Though these words are regularly attributed to Voltaire, they were first used by Evelyn Beatrice Hall , writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1906), as a summation of Voltaire's beliefs on freedom of thought and expression.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In Le Voltaire, 11 mai 1887, p.
      • MARX, Roger 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.inha.fr [Source type: Academic]

      .This remark, however, does not appear in the letter.
  • Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.^ This remark, however, does not appear in the letter.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Does that answer the question Glenn?
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    ^ Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
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    • Il est encore plus facile de juger de l'esprit d'un homme par ses questions que par ses réponses. (It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers) — Pierre-Marc-Gaston, duc de Lévis (1764-1830), Maximes et réflexions sur différents sujets de morale et de politique (Paris, 1808): Maxim xvii
  • No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.^ Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
    • Voltaire (Fran Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Il est encore plus facile de juger de l'esprit d'un homme par ses questions que par ses réponses.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Plus les hommes seront éclairés, et plus ils seront libres.
    • Voltaire - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC fr.wikiquote.org [Source type: Academic]

    .
  • Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.^ Stanisŀaw Jerzy Lec , More Unkempt Thoughts [Myśli nieuczesane nowe] (1964) Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
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    ^ I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
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    • Rien n'est plus contraire à la religion et au clergé qu'une tête sensée et raisonnable.Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach, Théologie portative, ou Dictionnaire abrégé de la religion chrétienne (1768): Folie

About Voltaire

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  • Not a day goes by without our using the word optimism, coined by Voltaire against Leibniz, who had demonstrated (in spite of the Ecclesiastes and with the approval of the Church) that we live in the best of possible worlds.^ Not a day goes by without our using the word optimism , coined by Voltaire against Leibniz , who had demonstrated (in spite of the Ecclesiastes and with the approval of the Church) that we live in the best of possible worlds.
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    ^ "The best of all possible worlds!

    ^ "All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."

    .Voltaire, very reasonably, denied that exhorbitant opinion...^ Voltaire, very reasonably, denied that exhorbitant opinion...
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    • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Leibniz could have replied that a world which has given us Voltaire has some right to be considered the best.
    • Jorge Luis Borges, Obra completa, Vol.^ Leibniz could have replied that a world which has given us Voltaire has some right to be considered the best.
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      ^ Jorge Luis Borges , Obra completa, Vol.
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      ^ Not a day goes by without our using the word optimism , coined by Voltaire against Leibniz , who had demonstrated (in spite of the Ecclesiastes and with the approval of the Church) that we live in the best of possible worlds.
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      • Voltaire - Wikiquote 15 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      IV, p. 523

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[[File:|thumb|Voltaire]] François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire) was a French philosopher. He was born in 1694 and died in 1778.

Voltaire did not like France at the time because he thought that it was old fashioned. He also did not like the church and thought that people should be allowed to believe what they want. However he did not like democracy either and thought that a country needed to be lead by a wise and strong king. Voltaire had to live in exile in England for three years from 1726 to 1729 where these ideas were more common. He liked the philosophy of John Locke.

Voltaire was also a writer. He wrote many books, poems and plays, some of which are still liked today. A lot of his work was against France and the Church. This meant that he was unpopular at first but became more popular towards the time of the French Revolution. When he died, aged 83, Voltaire was a hero of French people. He also studied science and wrote a lot about people and places he knew.

Voltaire believed in God but did not believe in any kind of god, like the Christian god. This is called Deism. When he died in Paris, Voltaire was not allowed to be buried in a church because he did not believe in the Christian god.

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