François Marie Arouet


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  • ''The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "De la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en vers sur L'Homme (1738).
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  • ''Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Divorce," Philosophical Dictionary (1764). Full name: François Marie Arouet Voltaire.
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  • ''The best is the enemy of the good.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Dramatic Art," Philosophical Dictionary (1764).
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  • ''He took as his motto: misfortune is good for something. How many good people have been able to say: misfortune is good for nothing!''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Ingenuous, in Ingenuous (L'Ingénu) (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1767). Last sentence of Ingenuous, final comment by narrator regarding the lesson learned from bitter experience by the hero, Ingenuous, of the philosophical tale by the same name.
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  • ''They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Le Chapon, in Dialogues, "Le Chapon et la Poularde," (1765). Describing the ways of men; the words echo a 1676 sermon by Robert South (1634-1716), an English theologian and preacher.
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  • ''The superfluous, a very necessary thing.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Le Mondain, l. 22 (1736).
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  • ''I dare take the side of humanity against this sublime misanthrope.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letters on the English Nation (Lettres philosophiques) (1734), p. 160, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1964). Second paragraph of twenty-fifth and last of the Letters, which is devoted to a polemical commentary on Pascal's Pensées.
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  • ''Why inspire in us a horror of our being?... To look upon the universe as a prison cell and all men as criminals about to be executed is the idea of a fanatic.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letters on the English Nation (Lettres philosophiques) (1734), p. 166, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1964). Twenty-fifth and last of the Letters, which is devoted to a polemical commentary on Pascal's Pensées.
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  • ''Let us work without theorizing, 'tis the only way to make life endurable.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Martin, in Candide, ch. 30 (1759).
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  • ''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.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Money," Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764).
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