The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Contributed by: Zaady
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.
Source: Questions sur l’Encyclopédie
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.
Source: Liberty of the Press in Philosophical Dictionary (1764)
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Source: Attributed in SG Tallentyre, The friends of Voltaire, 1907
Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
Source: Letter to M. Le Riche, February 6, 1770, in A Book of French Quotations, by Norbert Guterman
Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
The best is the enemy of the good.
Source: Dictionary Philosophique
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