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Biography - Voltaire:

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
France

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



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Source: Questions sur les Miracles

Wikisource - Voltaire - Œuvres complètes (fr) 




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
Qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.

German
Wer berechtigt ist, einen ungereimt zu machen, kann ihn auch ungerecht machen.




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Whoever wants to deceive people must first of all make absurdity plausible.

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.

The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.




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Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
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Absurd is lucid reason noting its limits.
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Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
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Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
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The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
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It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it.
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Often he who omits an act does injustice, not only he who commits an act.
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The right of the strongest is the strongest wrong.
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The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.
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If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
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To tolerate is to take upon oneself; a tolerance that comes into being on the backs of others is no longer tolerance. To tolerate the suffering of others, to tolerate an injustice of which we are not a victim or an atrocity that we are spared is not tolerance but selfishness, indifference, or worse.
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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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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.
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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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