He who is merely just is severe.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Source: Letter to Frederick the Great
Contributed by: Zaady
He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool.
Source: Le Droit du Seigneur
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.
Source: Letter to Madame du Deffand
Optimism, said Candide, is a mania for maintaining all that is well when things are going badly.
Common sense is not so common.
Source: Dictionnaire Philosophique
We must cultivate our garden.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Source: 1767, Letter to M. Damilaville
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Doctors prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing.
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