François Marie Arouet


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  • ''I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letter, April 23, 1754, to Madame du Deffand.
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  • ''Men who seek happiness are like drunkards who can never find their house but are sure that they have one.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French historian, playwright.
  • ''The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French historian, playwright.
  • ''In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. letter, Aug. 28, 1760.
  • ''Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy—the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French enlightenment thinker. A Treatise on Toleration, p. 117, Voltaire Selections, ed. Paul Edwards, Macmillan, New York (1989). Voltaire's biting comments about religion.
  • ''Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Avarice," Philosophical Dictionary (1764).
  • ''If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Cacambo, in Candide, ch. 17 (1759). Said on journeying downriver into unknown country.
  • ''Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Candide, in Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 19, p. 222, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966). Words uttered by the disabused Candide.
  • ''In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 23, p. 238, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966). Words uttered by an Englishman by way of explaining the court- martial and execution of John Byng in 1757 for his failure to prevent the French from taking the island of Minorca.

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