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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

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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French
Qu'est-ce que la tolérance ? C'est l'apanage de l'humanité. Nous sommes tous pétris de faiblesses et d'erreurs ; pardonnons-nous réciproquement nos sottises, c'est la première loi de la nature.

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Was ist Toleranz? Sie ist Menschlichkeit überhaupt. Wir sind alle gemacht aus Schwächen und Fehlern; darum sei erstes Naturgesetz, daß wir uns wechselseitig unsere Dummheiten verzeihen.




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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

Love truth, but pardon error.

The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision.

No man is weak by choice.

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.

What man is without fault, and what king without weakness?




Quotes for: mistake


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Quotes about mistake:


Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.





Any man can make mistakes.





I would never die for my beliefs, because I might be wrong.





Without music, life would be a mistake.





To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.





Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.











Quotes for: tolerance


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Quotes about tolerance:


In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.





Tolerance should really only be a passing attitude: it should lead to appreciation. To tolerate is to offend.





Tolerance is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.





Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.





Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.





What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.











Quotes for: forgiveness


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Quotes about forgiveness:


Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.





We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.





I also am other than what I imagine myself to be. To know this is forgiveness.





The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.





Children begin by loving their parents after a time they judge them rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.





Forgotten is forgiven.











Quotes for: weakness


Quotes

Quotes about weakness:


Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.





What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.





The weakness of human reason appears more evidently in those who know it not, than in those who know it.





Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.





Tolerance is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.





The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.











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Quotes for: Stupidity


The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.





Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.





There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.





If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid with regard to external things.





When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid.





The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.











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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.





The best is the enemy of good.





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












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