François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.

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Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

The little may contrast with the great in painting but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast, but there are also colors contrary to each other that is which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation, it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary it is dear to us it gives us pleasure and we must conceal it.

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

We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

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

All styles are good except the tiresome kind.

God is not on the side of the big battalions but on the side of those who shoot best.

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.

To hold a pen is to be at war.

Woe to the makers of literal translations who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.

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

I am very fond of truth but not at all of martyrdom.

The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.

The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything.

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

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