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10 Voltaire Quote to Make Us Wise Beyond Our Years

This man was a genius
Nothing can strike a chord with a literature buff or historian quite like the name Voltaire. The distinct pen name of French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet, has made its way through history books and some would say the literary canon. Voltaire has produced countless works from plays and poems to historic and scientific essays.


He is merely untouchable in all that he’s done to further religion, science, and the arts. How could we forget all that?! November 21st marks his 324th birthday, so I think it’s time we take some lessons from this genius.



1. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”



2. "Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”



3. “‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”



4. “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”



5. “I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?”



6. “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."



7. “Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”



8. “The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.”



9. “Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.”



10. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”



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