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VOLTAIRE (FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET VOLTAIRE)
French historian, dramatist, writer and poet
(1694 - 1778)
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It is today, my dear, that I take a perilous leap.
  [Fr., C'est demain, me belle amie, que je fais le saut perilleux.]
      - quoting the words of King Henry when he was about to enter the Catholic Church
        [Death : Last Words]

It is unreasonable for us to look for as great a degree of energy in a woman as in a man; energy is quite as much of a physical as a mental product.
      - [Energy]

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part; the rest are confounded with the multitude.
      - [Books]

Jesting is frequently an evidence of the poverty of the understanding.
      - [Jesting]

Labour rids us of three great evils: irksomeness, vice and poverty.
      - [Labor]

Let those who celebrate by name, by waxlight at noonday, tolerate such as are content with the light of the sun.
      - [Toleration]

Love truth, but pardon error.
      - [Error : Truth]

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
      - [Reason]

Men are in general so tricky, so envious, and so cruel that when we find one who is only weak, we are too happy.
      - [Weakness]

Moderation is the pleasure of the wise.
      - [Moderation]

Mortals are equal; their mask differs.
      - [Equality]

Nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having a studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.
      - [Physicians]

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
      - [Enemies]

O Truth! pure and sacred virgin, when wilt thou be worthily revered? O Goddess, who instructs us, why didst thou put thy palace in a well?
      - [Truth]

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
      - [Originality]

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
      - [Perfection]

Philosophers never stood in need of Homer or the Pharisees, to be convinced that everything is done by immutable laws, that everything is settled, that everything is a necessary effect of some previous cause.
      - [Destiny]

Pleasure has its time; so too has wisdom. Make love in thy youth, and in old age attend to thy salvation.
      - [Pleasure]

Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.
      - [Poetry]

Prejudice is the reason of fools.
      - [Prejudice]

Prejudices are what rule the vulgar crowd.
      - [Prejudice]

Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice.
      - [Opportunity]

Providence has given us hope and sleep as a compensation for the many cares of life.
      - [Care]

Reason consists in constantly perceiving things as they really are.
      - [Reason]

Satire is the right hand of burlesque.
      - [Burlesque]


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