Voltaire

1694 - 1778

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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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on change and love

Change everything except your loves.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Sur l’Usage de la Vie

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on death, enemies, friendship, god, and superstition

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Written February 28, 1778

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on guilt, innocence, and risk

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Zadig

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on animals, contempt, eternity, laws, and nature

. . . 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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

This is the happiest of mortals, for he is above everything he possesses.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

If this is the best of possible worlds . . . what then are the others?

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

In this best of possible worlds . . . all is for the best.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on thought

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Thought depends absolutely on the stomach, but in spite of that, those who have the best stomachs are not the best thinkers.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to d’Alembert, August 20, 1770

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on men, speech, and thought

Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. Ils ne se servent de la pensée que pour autoriser leurs injustices, et emploient les paroles que pour déguiser leurs pensées.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Dialogue xiv. Le Chapon et la Poularde (1766).

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