Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Quotes from Voltaire

Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform despite strict censorship laws in France and harsh penalties for those who broke them. A satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize Christian Church dogma and the French institutions of his day.

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"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.----

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. --Voltaire

The best way to become boring is to say everything. --Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. --Voltaire

Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies. --Voltaire

One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today,
that is our illusion.  --Voltaire

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something
new.  --Voltaire

I envy the animals' two things: their ignorance of evil to come, and their
ignorance of what is said about them.  --Voltaire

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