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  • 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")


  • To caress the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten away our heart.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • What can be more absurd than choosing to carry a burden that one really wants to throw to the ground? To detest, and yet to strive to preserve our existence? To caress the serpent that devours us and hug him close to our bosoms tillhe has gnawed into our hearts?
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

  • God has punished the knave, and the devil has drowned the rest.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")

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

  • I am the best-natured creature in the world, and yet I have already killed three, and of these three two were priests.
    (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")

  • I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one's very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?
    (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")

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


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