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Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist [more author details]
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...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
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A witty saying proves nothing.
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All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.
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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
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Anything too stupid to be said is sung.
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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
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Each player must accept the cards life deals him.
But once they are in hand, he alone must decide
how to play the cards in order to win the game.
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Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
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God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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God is always on the side of the big battalions.
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History is a pack of lies we play on the dead.
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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.
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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
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Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
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Indolence is sweet, and its consequences bitter.
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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
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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.
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Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
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Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
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