Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Source: see Wilde
Contributed by: Zaady
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.
Source: Essay on Epic Poetry [written in English]
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
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.
Source: Lettres. A. M. d’Alembert 28 Nov. 1762
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)
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Source: Attributed in SG Tallentyre, The friends of Voltaire, 1907
Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
Source: Letter to M. Le Riche, February 6, 1770, in A Book of French Quotations, by Norbert Guterman
I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
I also know that we should cultivate our gardens.
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