Francois Marie Arouet (pen name Voltaire) was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris. Voltaire's intelligence, wit and style made him one of France's greatest writers and philosophers. Voltaire was the embodiment of the 18th-century Enlightenment.
Young Francois Marie received his education at "Louis-le-Grand," a Jesuit college in Paris from 1704-11. From 1711 to 1713 he studied law, and then worked as a secretary to the French ambassador in Holland before devoting himself entirely to writing. He soon made friends among the Parisian aristocrats. His humorous verses made him a favorite in society circles. In 1717, his sharp wit got him into trouble with the authorities. He ... more »
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From Love to Friendship
If you would have me love once more, The blissful age of love restore; From wine's free joys, and lovers' cares, Relentless time, who no man spares,
The Origin of Trades
When with a skilful hand Prometheus made A statue that the human form displayed, Pandora, his own work, to wed he chose, And from those two the human race arose.
The Temple of Friendship
Sacred to peace, within a wood's recess, A blest retreat, where courtiers never press, A temple stands, where art did never try With pompous wonders to enchant the eye;
To the Queen of Hungary
Princess, descended from that noble race Which still in danger held the imperial throne, Who human nature and thy sex dost grace, Whose virtues even thy foes are forced to own.
Thelema and Macareus
Thelema's lively, all admire Her charms, but she's too full of fire; Impatience ever racks her breast, Her heart a stranger is to rest.
I triumphed, love's victorious power Prevailed, and near approached the hour Which should have crowned our mutual flame, Just then your tyrant husband came.
In Camp Before Philippsburg
Without a bed we now sleep sound And take our meals upon the ground; And though the blazing atmosphere Must dreadful to the eye appear,
At village lived, in days of yore, A youth bred in Mahomet's lore; His well-turned limbs were formed with grace, With blooming beauty glowed his face;
To a Lady Very Well Known to the Whole T...
Phillis, how much the times are changed, Since in a hack the town you ranged, Since without finery or train you shone, Conspicuous for your charms alone;
To Her Royal Highness, the Princess of *...
Abeauteous princess often may Languish in pleasure's season gay; The empty forms of haughty state Oft make life tedious to the great.
On the Death of Adrienne Lecouvreur, A C...
Hat sight of woe thus harrows up my soul! Must those love-darting eyes in anguish roll? Shall ghastly death such charms divine invade? You muses, graces, loves come to her aid.
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From Love to Friendship
If you would have me love once more,
The blissful age of love restore;
From wine's free joys, and lovers' cares,
Relentless time, who no man spares,
Urges me quickly to retire,
And no more to such bliss aspire.
From such austerity exact,
Let's, if we can, some good extract;
Whose way of thinking with this age
Suits not, can ne'er be deemed a sage.
Let sprightly youth its follies gay,
Its follies amiable display;
Life to two moments is confined,
Let one to wisdom be consigned.
You sweet delusions of my mind,
Still to my ruling passion kind,