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Voltaire

“We are bound to believe, under pain of being damned, that the God of all mercy, to teach sinners how to live after their death, and to chastise those that are living who are blind, damns to all eternity the greater portion of mankind for venial faults, and that by special miracle of his divine love he causes them to endure everlastingly that he may everlastingly torture them.”

–Voltaire


Voltaire

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

–Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778)


“If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others like?”

–Voltaire (quoted by Ted Kosmatka in Prophet of Bones)

Quote of the Day 2/27/14

Posted: February 27, 2014 in Quotations, Writing
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“The only reward to be expected from literature is contempt if one fails and hatred if one succeeds.”

–Voltaire, Letter to Mlle. Quinault, August 16, 1738

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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“I conclude that every sensible man, every honest man, ought to hold Christianity in abhorrence. But what shall we substitute in its place? say you. What? A ferocious animal has sucked the blood of your relatives. I tell you to rid yourselves of this beast, and you ask me what shall you put in its place!”

–Voltaire

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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