In this best of possible worlds . . . all is for the best.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Contributed by: Zaady
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
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."
Change everything except your loves.
Source: Sur l’Usage de la Vie
We cannot always oblige, but we can always speak obligingly.
Who has not the spirit of his age, Of his age has all the unhappiness.
Source: Letter to Madame du Châtelet
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