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“Common sense is not so common.”
Voltaire, A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary
“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
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“The best is the enemy of good.”
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“What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?”
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“Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien. (The perfect is the enemy of the good.)”
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“Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.”
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“One always begins with the simple, then comes the complex, and by superior enlightenment one often reverts in the end to the simple. Such is the course of human intelligence.”
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“So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one's fatherland is to wish evil to one's neighbors. The citizen of the universe would be the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.”
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“One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.”
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“It is proved...that things cannot be other than they are, for since everything was made for a purpose, it follows that everything is made for the best purpose.”
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“The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning.”
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“What is tolerance? It is a necessary consequence of humanity. We are all fallible, let us then pardon each other's follies. This is the first principle of natural right.”
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“Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men.”
Voltaire, A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary
“What is madness? To have erroneous perceptions, and to reason correctly from them?”
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“People have declaimed against luxury for two thousand years, in verse and prose, and people have always delighted in it.”
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“Antiquity is full of eulogies of another more remote antiquity.”
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“The Jews are an ignorant and barbarous people, who have long united the most sordid avarice with the most detestable superstition and the most invincible hatred for every people by whom they are tolerated and enriched.”
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“There are no sects in geometry.”
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“It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.”
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“Sect and error are synonymous.”
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“I leave there, and I say to my husband: "If you are without sin, shave me, imprison me, take my property; but if you have committed more sins than I have, it is for me to shave you, to have you imprisoned, and to seize your fortune. In justice these things should be equal.”
Voltaire, Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary
“But, once again," persisted the European, "what state would you choose?" The Brahmin answered: "The state where only the laws are obeyed." "That is an old answer," said the councillor. "It is none the worse for that," said the Brahmin. "Where is that country?" asked the councillor. "We must look for it," answered the Brahmin.”
Voltaire, Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary
“Ha sido un ejemplo singular de la estupidez humana creer durante mucho tiempo que los judíos constituyeron una nación que había enseñado a todas las demás, cuando su mismo historiador Josefo confiesa que fue todo lo contrario.”
Voltaire, Diccionario Filosófico
“beauty is often very relative, just as what is decent in Japan is indecent in Rome, and what is fashionable in Paris, is not fashionable in Pekin; and he saved himself the trouble of composing a long treatise on beauty.”
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“The beauty which strikes the senses merely, the imagination, and that which is called "intelligence," is”
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“It needs twenty years to lead man from the plant state in which he is within his mother's womb, and the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of the reason begins to appear. It has needed thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him.”
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“ABEJAS . La especie de las abejas es superior a la raza humana en cuanto extrae de su cuerpo una sustancia útil, mientras que todas nuestras secreciones son despreciables y no hay una sola que no haga desagradable al género humano.”
Voltaire, Diccionario Filosófico
“It is, it seems to me, to stop one's eyes and understanding to maintain that there is no design in nature; and if there is design, there is an intelligent cause, there exists a God. People”
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“if a philosopher wishes to be useful to human society, he must announce a God.”
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“In short, the alphabet was the origin of all man's knowledge, and of all his errors.”
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