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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What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves without revelation admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.
The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not discovers to me his existence.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.
The ear is the avenue to the heart.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Very learned women are to be found in the same manner as female warriors, but they are seldom or ever inventors.
Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.