Voltaire

1694 - 1778

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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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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 animals, contempt, eternity, laws, and nature

. . . it would be very singular that all nature, all the planets, should obey eternal laws, and that there should be a little animal five feet high, who, in contempt of these laws, could act as he pleased, solely according to his caprice.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

This is the happiest of mortals, for he is above everything he possesses.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

If this is the best of possible worlds . . . what then are the others?

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

In this best of possible worlds . . . all is for the best.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on truth

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I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to d’Alembert, February 1776

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