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

Froth at the top dregs at bottom but the middle excellent.

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

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say, but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading a sermon or a didactic work.

When it is a question of money everybody is of the same religion.

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