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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

History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.




Translation

Translation

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French
L'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.

German
Die Geschichte ist nur ein Gemälde von Verbrechern und Drangsalen.




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History, which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.




Quotes for: History


Quotes

Quotes about history:


What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.





Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.





Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.





Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.





What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.





If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.











Quotes

Voltaire also said...


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





Love truth, but pardon error.





Without the art of living knowledge nought avails.





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





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.





The best is the enemy of good.












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