Voltaire

1694 - 1778

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.

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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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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on men

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There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to Cardinal de Bernis, 23 April 1761

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on learning and women

Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or never inventors.

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Source: Philosophical Dictionary, 1764

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on age, secrets, and women

A woman can keep one secret - the secret of her age.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

Not to be occupied, and not to exist, amount to the same thing.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on garden and idleness

"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."

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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