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VOLTAIRE (FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET VOLTAIRE)
French historian, dramatist, writer and poet
(1694 - 1778)
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A despot has always some good moments.
      - [Despotism]

A good imitation is the most perfect originality.
      - [Imitation]

A great writer possesses, so to speak, an individual and unchangeable style, which does not permit him easily to preserve the anonymous.
      - [Style]

A man who pours drugs of which he knows little into a body of which he knows less.
      - [Physicians]

A small number of choice books are sufficient.
      - [Books]

A witty saying proves nothing.
      - [Wit]

A woman can keep one secret,--the secret of her age.
      - [Secrecy]

Adieu, canaux, canards, canaille.
      - summing up his Impressions de Voyage, on his return from the Netherlands
        [Cowardice]

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
      - [Religion]

All men are equal; it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference.
      - [Equality]

All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.
      - [Morality]

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
      - [Books]

All the makers of dictionaries, all compilers who do nothing else than repeat backwards and forwards the opinions, the errors, the impostures, and the truths already printed, we may term plagiarists; but honest plagiarists, who arrogate not the merit of invention.
      - [Plagiarism]

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
      - [Women]

Always at work.
      - [Work]

And whoever begins by being a dupe ends by becoming a scoundrel.
      - [Stupidity]

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
      - [Stupidity]

Bring together all the children of the universe, you will see nothing in them but innocence, gentleness, and fear; were they born wicked, spiteful, and cruel, some signs of it would come from them; as little snakes strive to bite, and little tigers to tear. But nature having been as sparing of offensive weapons to man as to pigeons and rabbits, it cannot have given them an instinct to mischief and destruction.
      - [Children]

By appreciation we make excellence in others our own property.
      - [Appreciation]

Character is what nature has engraven in us; can we then efface it?
      - [Character]

Complacency is a coin by the aid of which all the world can, for want of essential means, pay his club-bill in society. It is necessary, finally, that it may lose nothing of its merits, to associate judgment and prudence with it.
      - [Complacency]

Dress changes the manners.
      - [Dress]

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
      - [Guilt]

Everything is done by immutable laws, and our destiny is already recorded.
      - [Destiny]

Faith is deferential incredulity.
      - [Faith]


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