Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on justice

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He who is merely just is severe.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to Frederick the Great

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on heaven

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He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Le Droit du Seigneur

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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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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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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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on garden

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We must cultivate our garden.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on certainty and doubt

Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on enemies, god, and prayer

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: 1767, Letter to M. Damilaville

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