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
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
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
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