Not to be occupied, and not to exist, amount to the same thing.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Contributed by: Zaady
"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.
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?
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
Source: Essay on Tolerance
Thought depends absolutely on the stomach, but in spite of that, those who have the best stomachs are not the best thinkers.
Source: Letter to d’Alembert, August 20, 1770
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