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French philosopher Voltaire [1694-1778]

{real name François-Marie Arouet}

      The French philosopher known as Voltaire wrote more than 21,000 letters and over two thousand books and pamphlets. After exile to England for several years, he lived in France, Prussia, Geneva, and then established a home at Ferney on the French border, where he resided for his last twenty years - his guests included James Boswell, Adam Smith, Giacomo Casanova, Edward Gibbon, and Benjamin Franklin. With all of Voltaire's literary output, he is most famous for the stageplay "Candide" [1759], which has been imitated or adapted in many forms, including stageplays, an operetta, Terry Southern's novel "Candy" [1958], television (at least 6 times), and feature films (at least 3).

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Voltaire entry at Wikipedia
Château de Cirey official website - residence of Voltaire 1734-49
Château de Voltaire à Ferney official website - residence of Voltaire 1759-78
French-language website for La Société Voltaire [est. 2000]

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“Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.”  {Issue #22}
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“Men will not be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”  {Issue #36}
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“If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”  (in "Candide", 1759)  {Issue #43}
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“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power
to make you commit injustices.”  {Issue #59}
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“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”  {Issue #62}
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“It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships that they give credibility
to the opinions [that] they attack.”  {blog 2/2008}
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“Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.”  {blog 2/2009}
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“In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one
party of the citizens to give to the other.” (in 1764)  {blog 10/2009}
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“Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.”  {blog 5/2010 & 5/2017}
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“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”  {blog 4/2011}
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“To succeed in this world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.”  {blog 4/2011}
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“The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.”  {blog 12/2011}
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“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished – unless they kill in large numbers
and to the sound of trumpets.”  {blog 10/2012}
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“God created woman to tame man.”  {blog 10/2012}
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“Men argue. Nature acts.”  {blog 11/2013}
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“Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”  {blog 11/2014}
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“Those who can make you believe absurdities will get you to commit atrocities.”  {blog 5/2015}
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“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous'. And God granted it.”  {blog 6/2016}
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“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”  {blog 9/2016}
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“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.”  {blog 10/2016}

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