Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on problems and thinking

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on wit, sayings, and quotes

A witty saying proves nothing.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on age, death, and doctors

I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on art, disease, medicine, nature, and patience

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on ignorance, knowledge, spirit, superstition, thought, and virtue

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.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on country, execution, failure, good, and time

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.

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Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on laws, support, and virtue

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on life and pleasure

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to Madame du Deffand

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on optimism

Optimism, said Candide, is a mania for maintaining all that is well when things are going badly.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on common sense

Common sense is not so common.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Dictionnaire Philosophique

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