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- To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
- Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
- You despise books; you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
- God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
- Voltaire, (attributed)
- I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
- Voltaire, (Attributed); originated in "The Friends of Voltaire", 1906, by S. G. Tallentyre (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)
- Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.
- Voltaire, Candide, 1759
- There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.
- Voltaire, Dialogue, XIV, "Le Chapon et la Poularde" (1766)
- The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
- Voltaire, Discours en vers sur l'homme, 1737
- This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
- Voltaire, Essai sur l'histoire generale et sur les moeurs et l'espirit des nations, 1756, Chapter 70
- Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.
- Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance
- The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.
- Voltaire, Letter (1769)
- When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
- Voltaire, letter to Le Comte d'Argental, August 28, 1760
- Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
- Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche, February 6, 1770
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