Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on books, borrowing, communication, home, imitation, neighbors, originality, and writers

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbor's, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on hell and paradise

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on history

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History is but the record of crimes and misfortunes. L'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs

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Source: L'Ingénu, chap. x.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on judgment and questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on reading and work

One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.

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Source: Letter to Rousseau

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on illusions

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

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Source: see Wilde

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on experience and learning

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on liberty, life, soul, and thought

Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.

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Source: Essay on Epic Poetry [written in English]

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on imagination, love, and nature

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on abuse, love, and superstition

Whatever you do, trample down abuses, and love those who love you. Different translation: Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing [superstition], and love those who love you.

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Source: Lettres. A. M. d’Alembert 28 Nov. 1762

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