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quote by Voltaire: It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.

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quote by Voltaire: It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music? with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music?

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quote by Voltaire: God prefers bad verses recited with a pure heart to the finest verses chanted by the wicked. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

God prefers bad verses recited with a pure heart to the finest verses chanted by the wicked.

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quote by Voltaire: I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.

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quote by Voltaire: We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.

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quote by Voltaire: The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.

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quote by Voltaire: May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.

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quote by Voltaire: Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero.

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quote by Voltaire: To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid -- one must also be well-mannered. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid -- one must also be well-mannered.

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quote by Voltaire: It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.

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quote by Voltaire: All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

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quote by Voltaire: True prayer lies not in asking for a violation of natural law but in the acceptance of natural law as the unchangeable will of God. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

True prayer lies not in asking for a violation of natural law but in the acceptance of natural law as the unchangeable will of God.

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quote by Voltaire: It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera.

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quote by Voltaire: It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.

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quote by Voltaire: The effervescence of this fresh wine reveals the true brilliance of the French people. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The effervescence of this fresh wine reveals the true brilliance of the French people.

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quote by Voltaire: If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

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quote by Voltaire: God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.

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quote by Voltaire: God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.

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quote by Voltaire: God created sex. Priests created marriage. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

God created sex. Priests created marriage.

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quote by Voltaire: The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

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quote by Voltaire: Persistence with patience and prayer pays with profits, prosperity and peace of mind. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Persistence with patience and prayer pays with profits, prosperity and peace of mind.

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quote by Voltaire: I acknowledge that four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what our soul is. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

I acknowledge that four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what our soul is.

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quote by Voltaire: And to every man has been assigned a good and an evil angel; one assisting him and the other annoying him, from his cradle to his coffin. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

And to every man has been assigned a good and an evil angel; one assisting him and the other annoying him, from his cradle to his coffin.

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quote by Voltaire: When man was put into the garden of eden, he was put there with the idea that he should work the land; and this proves that man was not born to be idle. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

When man was put into the garden of eden, he was put there with the idea that he should work the land; and this proves that man was not born to be idle.

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quote by Voltaire: Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.

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quote by Voltaire: Wine is the divine juice of September. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Wine is the divine juice of September.

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quote by Voltaire: Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.

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quote by Voltaire: Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

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quote by Voltaire: Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.

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quote by Voltaire: I also know that we must cultivate our garden. For when man was put in the Garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum, to work; which proves that man was not born for rest. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

I also know that we must cultivate our garden. For when man was put in the Garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum, to work; which proves that man was not born for rest.

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quote by Voltaire: We must cultivate our garden. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

We must cultivate our garden.

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quote by Voltaire: The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.

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quote by Voltaire: Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

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quote by Voltaire: Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.

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quote by Voltaire: Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

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quote by Voltaire: Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.

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quote by Voltaire: Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.

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quote by Voltaire: I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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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quote by Voltaire: The darkness is at its deepest. Just before the sunrise. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The darkness is at its deepest. Just before the sunrise.

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quote by Voltaire: Only your friends steal your books. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Only your friends steal your books.

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quote by Voltaire: Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.

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quote by Voltaire: Man is free at the instant he wants to be. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

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quote by Voltaire: It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.

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quote by Voltaire: I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.

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quote by Voltaire: The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

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quote by Voltaire: It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.

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quote by Voltaire: If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others? with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?

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quote by Voltaire: Optimism, said Cacambo, What is that? Alas! replied Candide, It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Optimism, said Cacambo, What is that? Alas! replied Candide, It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.

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quote by Voltaire: I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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

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quote by Voltaire: Writing is the painting of the voice. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Writing is the painting of the voice.

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quote by Voltaire: I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.

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quote by Voltaire: All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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

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quote by Voltaire: Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

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quote by Voltaire: I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

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quote by Voltaire: The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.

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quote by Voltaire: Men argue. Nature acts. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Men argue. Nature acts.

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quote by Voltaire: The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

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quote by Voltaire: Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

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quote by Voltaire: Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.

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quote by Voltaire: The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.

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quote by Voltaire: Love truth, but pardon error. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Love truth, but pardon error.

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quote by Voltaire: Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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

--Voltaire

Longer Version:

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.


quote by Voltaire: We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth.

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quote by Voltaire: Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.

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quote by Voltaire: As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.

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quote by Voltaire: In every author let us distinguish the man from his works. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.

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quote by Voltaire: Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.

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quote by Voltaire: Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

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quote by Voltaire: Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

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quote by Voltaire: Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.

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quote by Voltaire: Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

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quote by Voltaire: Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

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quote by Voltaire: History should be written as philosophy. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

History should be written as philosophy.

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quote by Voltaire: What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.

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quote by Voltaire: Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

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quote by Voltaire: We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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

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quote by Voltaire: It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.

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quote by Voltaire: Everything's fine today, that is our illusion. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.

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quote by Voltaire: The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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

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quote by Voltaire: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

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quote by Voltaire: The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

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quote by Voltaire: The superfluous, a very necessary thing. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.

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quote by Voltaire: He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.

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quote by Voltaire: The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.

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quote by Voltaire: Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.

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quote by Voltaire: Prejudices are what fools use for reason. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

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quote by Voltaire: Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

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quote by Voltaire: By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. with background image: green plant in tilt shift lens
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By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.

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quote by Voltaire: 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. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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.

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quote by Voltaire: Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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

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quote by Voltaire: It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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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quote by Voltaire: The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.

--Voltaire

Longer Version:

This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.


quote by Voltaire: 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. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

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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quote by Voltaire: The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.

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quote by Voltaire: We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.

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quote by Voltaire: The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.

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quote by Voltaire: Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.

--Voltaire

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