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)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
If this is the best of possible worlds . . . what then are the others?
In this best of possible worlds . . . all is for the best.
I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.
Source: Letter to d’Alembert, February 1776
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
Source: Letter to Cardinal de Bernis, 23 April 1761
Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or never inventors.
Source: Philosophical Dictionary, 1764
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