'I have no more than twenty acres of ground,' he replied, 'the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want.'
More Quotes from Voltaire:Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
Slavery is also as ancient as war, And war as human nature.
Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.
I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.
There's scarce a point whereon mankind agree - So well as in their boast of killing me I boast of nothing, but when I've a mind - I think I can be even with mankind
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