To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Contributed by: Zaady
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
Doctors prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing.
I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
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.
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