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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

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



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Other translation: I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.


Source: Les cabales

Wikisource - Voltaire - Œuvres complètes (fr) 




Translation

Translation

(German, French)



German
Das Universum bringt mich in Verwirrung; ich kann nicht verstehen, wie ein solches Uhrwerk bestehen kann ohne Uhrmacher.

French
L'univers m'embarrasse, et je ne puis songer
Que cette horloge existe et n'ait pas d'horloger.





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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
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My happiness should justify existence itself!
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Man is nothing else than his plan; he exists only to the extent that he fulfills himself; he is therefore nothing else than the ensemble of his acts, nothing less than his life.
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