Optimism, said Candide, is a mania for maintaining all that is well when things are going badly.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Contributed by: Zaady
Common sense is not so common.
Source: Dictionnaire Philosophique
We must cultivate our garden.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Source: 1767, Letter to M. Damilaville
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
A woman can keep one secret - the secret of her age.
Not to be occupied, and not to exist, amount to the same thing.
"You are right," said Pangloss, "for when man was placed in the Garden of Eden, he was placed there ut operaretur eum, to dress it and keep it; which proves that man was not born for idleness."
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