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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 - 



I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.

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Love truth, but pardon error.
Voltaire - Discourse in Verse on Man - on Freedom - 



Love truth, but pardon error.

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Without the art of living knowledge nought avails.
Voltaire - Épîtres - 






Let us read and let us dance—these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
Voltaire - Philosophical Dictionary - 






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 - 






The best is the enemy of good.
Voltaire - Philosophical Dictionary - 



The best is the enemy of good.




All the splendor in the world is not worth a good friend.
Voltaire - 






We must cultivate our garden.
Voltaire - Candide ou l'Optimisme - 



We must cultivate our garden.

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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 - 






May all men remember that they are brothers!
Voltaire - Treatise on Tolerance - 






Whoever you are, here is your master:
He is, was or will be.

Voltaire - Poésies mêlées - 






Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
Voltaire - Questions sur les Miracles - 






Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Voltaire - Philosophical Dictionary - 






The universe confounds me! I cannot imagine that such a ‘clock’ can exist without there being a Clockmaker.
Voltaire - Les cabales - 






I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Voltaire ? - Quotation of uncertain origin - 






Another cause of our poverty lies in our new needs.
Voltaire - The Man with Forty Crowns - 






It is not love we should have painted blind, but self-love.
Voltaire - 






Man is free at the instant he wants to be.
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Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
Voltaire - 






What man is without fault, and what king without weakness?
Voltaire - Brutus - 






Virtue is in the heart, and nowhere else.
Voltaire - Les Lettres d'Amabed - 






The secret of being boring is to tell everything.
Voltaire - 






Time softens everything.
Voltaire - L'Ingénu - 






Paradise on earth is where I am.
Voltaire - 






One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say.
Voltaire - 






The right to say and print what we think is the right of every free man, who cannot be deprived of it without exercising the most odious tyranny.
Voltaire - Questions sur les Miracles - 






History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire - L'Ingénu - 






Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.
Voltaire - Candide ou l'Optimisme - 






Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
Voltaire






Perfection is attained by slow degrees it requires the hand of time.
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