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
In this country [England] it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, to encourage the others. The reference is to Admiral John Byng, who was executed in 1757 for failing to prevent the French from taking Minorca.
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
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
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