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.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Source: Questions sur l’Encyclopédie
Contributed by: Zaady
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
I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
I also know that we should cultivate our gardens.
The best is the enemy of the good.
Source: Dictionary Philosophique
"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want."
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
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