François-Marie Arouet; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade. Voltaire was known as a prolific writer and produced works in almost every literary form including plays, poetry, novels, essays, historical and scientific works, more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma and the French institutions of his day.
Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Émilie du Châtelet) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.
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1) “The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death”.
2) “Anything too stupid to be said is sung”.
3) “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
4) “Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.”
5) “History is a pack of lies we play on the dead.”
6) “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”
7) “Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
8 ) “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”
9) “The secret of being boring is to say everything.”
10) “All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.”
11) “Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause..”
12) “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.”
13) “Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.”
14) “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.”
15) “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it.”
16) “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”
17) “It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.”
18) “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.”
19) “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.”
20) “Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.”
21) “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible..”