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VOLTAIRE (FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET VOLTAIRE)
French historian, dramatist, writer and poet
(1694 - 1778)
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False wit is a fatiguing search after cunning traits, an affectation of saying in enigmas what others have already said naturally, to hang together ideas which are incompatible, to divide that which ought to be united, of seizing false relations.
      - [Wit]

Fanaticism, to which men are so much inclined, has always served not only to render them more brutalized but more wicked.
      - [Fanaticism]

Fortune! There is no fortune; all is trial, or punishment, or recompense, or foresight.
      - [Fortune]

Friendship is the marriage of the soul.
      - [Friendship]

Friendship, gift of heaven, delight of great souls; friendship which kings, so distinguished for ingratitude, are unhappy enough not to know.
      - [Friendship]

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
      - [God]

Great pleasures are serious.
      - [Pleasure]

Happiness is a good that Nature sells us.
      - [Happiness]

He who is only just is stern; he who is only wise lives in gloom.
      - [Gloom]

He who seeks the truth should be of no country.
      - [Truth]

He whom love guards, is well guarded.
      - [Love]

Heaven made virtue; man, the appearance.
      - [Virtue]

History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
      - [History]

How dear is fatherland to all noble hearts!
      - [Native Land : Patriotism]

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
      - [Superstition]

I pity the man overwhelmed with the weight of his own leisure.
      - [Idleness]

I wish that you would crush this infamy.
  [Fr., Je voudrais que vous ecrasassiez l'infame.]
      - said to D'Alembert, attributed to Voltaire by Abbe Barruch, perhaps about the R.C. Church
        [God]

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.
      - [Ideas]

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
      - [God]

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
      - [Illusion]

Is there any one so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
      - [Experience]

It is ever the improbable that the sceptic is the most ready to give ear to.
      - [Skepticism]

It is firmness that makes the gods on our side.
      - [Firmness]

It is strange that thought should depend upon the stomach, and still that men with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers.
      - [Thought]

It is the danger which is least expected that soonest comes to us.
      - [Danger]


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