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“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”
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“Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.”
Voltaire, Candide
“The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”
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“You're a bitter man," said Candide.
That's because I've lived," said Martin.”
Voltaire, Candide
“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.”
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“Let us cultivate our garden.”
Voltaire, Candide
“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.”
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“The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.”
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“Don't think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”
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“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
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“What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on...”
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“It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.”
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“Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.”
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“Man is free at the instant he wants to be.”
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“No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for.”
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“Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed.”
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“But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad," replied Martin.”
Voltaire, Candide
“It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.”
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“If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”
Voltaire, Candide
“I should like to know which is worse: to be ravished a hundred times by pirates, and have a buttock cut off, and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians, and be flogged and hanged in an auto-da-fe, and be dissected, and have to row in a galley -- in short, to undergo all the miseries we have each of us suffered -- or simply to sit here and do nothing?'
That is a hard question,' said Candide.”
Voltaire, Candide
“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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“Perfect is the enemy of good.”
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“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us”
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“The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.”
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“It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.”
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“Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.”
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“Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.”
Voltaire, Candide
“Do you believe,' said Candide, 'that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?'
Do you believe,' said Martin, 'that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?”
Voltaire, Candide
“One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today, that is our illusion”
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“May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies. ”
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