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VOLTAIRE (FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET VOLTAIRE)
French historian, dramatist, writer and poet
(1694 - 1778)
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Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound.
  [Fr., La patrie est aux lieux ou l'ame est enchainee.]
      - Le Fanatisme (I, 2) [Love of Country]

My life is a struggle.
  [Fr., Ma vie est un combat.]
      - Le Fanatisme (II, 4) [Life]

Prejudice, friend, govern the vulgar crowd.
  [Fr., Les prejuges, ami, sont les rois du vulgaire.]
      - Le Fanatisme (II, 4) [Public]

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
  [Fr., Le superflu, chose tres necessaire.]
      - Le Mondain [Necessity : Utility]

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
  [Fr., Le lache fuit en vain; la mort vole a sa suite:
    C'est en la defiant que le brave l'evite.]
      - Le Triumvirat (IV, 7) [Death]

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
      - Letter to Cardinal de Bernis [Truth]

I have always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: "My God, make our enemies very ridiculous!" God has granted it to me.
      - Letter to M. Damilaville, May 16, 1767
        [Ridicule]

It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
  [Lat., On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons.]
      - Letter to M. le Riche [War]

Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
  [Fr., La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'eloge ment apres leur mort.]
      - Lettre a Bordes [Authorship : Satire]

He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
  [Fr., Qui n'a pas l'esprit de son age,
    De son age a tout le malheur.]
      - Lettre a Cideville [Progress]

Nature has always had more force than education.
  [Fr., La Nature a toujours ete en eux plus forte que l'education.]
      - Life of Moliere [Nature]

The first king was a successful soldier;
  He who serves well his country has no need of ancestors.
    [Fr., Le premier qui fut roi, fut un soldat heureux;
      Qui sert bien son pays, n'a pas besoin d'aleux.]
      - Merope (I, 3) [Royalty]

Clever tyrants are never punished.
  [Fr., Les habiles tyrans ne sont jamais punis.]
      - Merope (V, 5) [Tyrants]

Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.
  [Fr., Chacun s'egare, et le moins imprudent,
    Est celui-la qui plus tot se repent.]
      - Nanine (II, 10) [Repose]

To be at peace in crime! ah, who can thus flatter himself.
  [Fr., Du repos dans le crime! ah! qui peut s'en flatter.]
      - Oreste (I, 5) [Crime]

It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.
  [Fr., C'est l'eclair qui parait, la foudre va partir.]
      - Oreste (II, 7) [Thunder]

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning.
      - Philosophical Dictionary [Religion]

Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
      - Philosophical Dictionary--Policy [Society]

Common sense is not so common.
  [Fr., Le sens commun n'est pas si common.]
      - Philosophical Dictionary--Self Love
        [Sense]

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind:--it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
      - Philosophical Dictionary--Self-Love
        [Self-love]

Slavery is also as ancient as war, and was as human nature.
      - Philosophical Dictionary--Slaves [Slavery]

The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.
      - Philosophical Dictionary--Style [Style]

The king [Frederick] has sent me some of his dirty linen to wash; I will wash yours another time.
      - Reply to General Manstein (CXI) [Politics]

The ear is the avenue to the heart.
  [Fr., L'oreille est le chemin du coeur.]
      - Reponse au Roi de Prusse [Ears : Heart]

Fear follows crime and is its punishment.
  [Fr., La crainte suit le crime, et c'est son chatiment.]
      - Semiramis (V, 1) [Crime]


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