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Voltaire



    Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

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    The superfluous, a very necessary thing.

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    Common sense is not so common.

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    Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

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    How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.

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    It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.

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    One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

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    It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

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    Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

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    Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

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    The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks

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    To enjoy life, we must touch much of it lightly

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    I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.

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    A man loved by a beautiful woman will always get out of trouble

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    Slavery is also as ancient as war, and was as human nature.

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    What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.

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    We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.

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    It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.

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    All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws

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    Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.

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    I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.

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    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

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    There are men who can think no deeper than a fact

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    All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free

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    What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.

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    He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.

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    The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

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    I should stop myself from dying if a good joke or a good idea occurred to me

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    I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

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    It is amusing that a virtue is made of the vice of chastity; and it's a pretty odd sort of chastity at that, which leads men straight into the sin of Onan, and girls to the waning of their color

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    Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.

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    Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother

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    The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.

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    Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.

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    Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively

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    It is not enough to conquer; one must also know how to seduce

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    You must have the devil in you to succeed in any of the arts

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    Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.

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    Whatever you do, stamp out abuses, and love those who love you.

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    Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

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    I advice you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying you annuities.

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    A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live

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