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  • 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")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • 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")


  • Just for the sake of amusement, ask each passenger to tell you his story, and if you find a single one who hasn't often cursed his life, who hasn't told himself he's the most miserable man in the world, you can throw me overboard head first.
    (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")

  • Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom.
    (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")

  • Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

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

  • She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any expirienced in a town when it is under siege.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • The supper was like most Parisian suppers: silence at first, then a burst of unintelligible chatter, then witticisms that were mostly vapid, false rumors, bad reasonings, a little politics and a great deal of slander; they even spoke about new books.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • Fools admire everything in an author of reputation.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")


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