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  • For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm
    (Voltaire)

  • The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
    (Voltaire)

  • Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
    (Voltaire)

  • Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent.
    (Voltaire)

  • I envy animals for two things their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
    (Voltaire)


  • Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
    (Voltaire)

  • Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
    (Voltaire)

  • Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
    (Voltaire)

  • We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
    (Voltaire)

  • Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal.
    (Voltaire)

  • We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.
    (Voltaire)

  • Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
    (Voltaire)

  • Providence has given us hope and sleep as a compensation for the many cares of life
    (Voltaire)

  • Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create.
    (Voltaire)

  • One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
    (Voltaire)


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