Quotations From VOLTAIRE [FRANÇOIS MARIE AROUET]

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    The earthly paradise is where I am.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. The Worldly One (Le Mondain) (1736). Last line of the poem.
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    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." Real name François Marie Arouet.

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  • 3.
    Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. repr. In Voltaire's Notebooks, vol. II, ed. T. Besterman (1968). "The Piccini Notebooks," (c. 1735-1750).
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    One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Poets," Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764).

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  • 5.
    The composition of a tragedy requires testicles.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letter, April 2, 1817, to publisher John Murray. Quoted in Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 5, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1976). In answer to the question "why no woman has ever written a tolerable tragedy," attributed by Byron.
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    Men who seek happiness are like drunkards who can never find their house but are sure that they have one.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French historian, playwright.

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    In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. letter, Aug. 28, 1760.
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    Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy—the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French enlightenment thinker. A Treatise on Toleration, p. 117, Voltaire Selections, ed. Paul Edwards, Macmillan, New York (1989). Voltaire's biting comments about religion.

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  • 9.
    History should be written as philosophy.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letter, October 31, 1738.

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  • 10.
    Luxury has been railed at for two thousand years, in verse and in prose, and it has always been loved.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Philosophical Dictionary (Dictionnaire philosophique), "Luxury" ("Luxe") (1764). First sentence of article.
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