In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Source: Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764
Contributed by: Zaady
History is but the record of crimes and misfortunes. L'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs
Source: L'Ingénu, chap. x.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.
Source: Letter to Rousseau
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Source: see Wilde
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.
Source: Questions sur l’Encyclopédie
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.
Source: Liberty of the Press in Philosophical Dictionary (1764)
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