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
Contributed by: Zaady
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Doctors prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing.
I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
"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."
Change everything except your loves.
Source: Sur l’Usage de la Vie
I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
Source: Written February 28, 1778
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
. . . 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.
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