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  • I hold firmly to my original views. After all I am a philosopher.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • When a man is in love, jealous, and just whipped by the Inquisition, he is no longer himself.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • A fondness for roving, for making a name for themselves in their onw country, and for boasting of what they had seen in their travels, was so strong in our two wanderers, that they resolved to be no longer happy; and demanded permission of the king to leave the country.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • I know this love, that sovereign of hearts, that soul of our souls; yet it never cost me more than a kiss and twenty kicks on the backside. How could this beautiful cause produce in you an effect so abominable.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • When his highness sends a ship to Egypt, does he trouble his head whether the mice on board are at their ease or not?
    (Voltaire, "Candide")


  • Alas...I too have known love, that ruler of hearts, that soul of our soul: it's never brought me anything except one kiss and twenty kicks in the rump. How could such a beautiful cause produce such an abominable effect on you?
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • I read only to please myself, and enjoy only what suits my taste.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • Why should you think it so strange that in some countries there are monkeys which insinuates themselves into the good graces of the ladies; they are a fourth part human, as I am a fourth part Spaniard.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • All men are by nature free; you have therefore an undoubted liberty to depart whenever you please, but will have many and great difficulties to encounter in passing the frontiers.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • And ask each passenger to tell his story, and if there is one of them all who has not cursed his existence many times, and said to himself over and over again that he was the most miserable of men, I give you permission to throw me head-first into the sea.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • But in this country it is necessary, now and then, to put one admiral to death in order to inspire the others to fight.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • It must also be noted that until the present time this malady, like religious controversy, has been wholly confined to the continent of Europe.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • Come! you presence will either give me life or kill me with pleasure.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")


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