Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or never inventors.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Source: Philosophical Dictionary, 1764
Contributed by: Zaady
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
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.
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Source: Sept Discours en Vers sur l’Homme
The way to be a bore is to say everything.
Source: Sur la Nature de l’Homme
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