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Biography : François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher.
Born: 1694 - Died: 1778
Period:
18th century
17th century
Place of birth: France
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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.
Voltaire - Letter to the Abbé Trublet
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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.

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Love truth, but pardon error.
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Love truth, but pardon error.

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Let us read and let us dance—these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
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What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.
Voltaire - Philosophical Dictionary
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The best is the enemy of good.
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All the splendor in the world is not worth a good friend.
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It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
Voltaire - Zadig, or The Book of Fate
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May all men remember that they are brothers!
Voltaire - Treatise on Tolerance
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Whoever you are, here is your master:
He is, was or will be.

Voltaire - Poésies mêlées
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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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Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Voltaire - Philosophical Dictionary
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The universe confounds me! I cannot imagine that such a ‘clock’ can exist without there being a Clockmaker.
Voltaire - Les cabales
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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
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It is not love we should have painted blind, but self-love.
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Man is free at the instant he wants to be.
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We must cultivate our garden.
Voltaire - Candide ou l'Optimisme
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We must cultivate our garden.

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Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
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Without the art of living knowledge nought avails.
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Paradise on earth is where I am.
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One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say.
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History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire - L'Ingénu
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Time softens everything.
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Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.
Voltaire - Candide ou l'Optimisme
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Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
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Perfection is attained by slow degrees it requires the hand of time.
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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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The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
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What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.
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There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
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Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
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