"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)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
This is the happiest of mortals, for he is above everything he possesses.
If this is the best of possible worlds . . . what then are the others?
In this best of possible worlds . . . all is for the best.
This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
Source: Essai sur les Mæurs et l’Esprit des Nations
The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion.
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