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Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet (1694-11-21 – 1778-05-30), better known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer, deist, and philosopher.
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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

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Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

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He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

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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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I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.

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May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.

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The secret of being boring is to say everything.

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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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The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.

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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

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Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

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The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

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To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered.

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We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.

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If we can't find something pleasant, we will at least find something new.

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The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

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This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

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Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

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Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.

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When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

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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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The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.

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It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.

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I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

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