Authors - Francois Marie Arouet

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François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (21 November 1694 - 30 May 1778), known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poetry, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma and the French institutions of his day. - Wikipedia

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Quote 57by Anonymous on 10/12/2010

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
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    Quote 1180by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

    A witty saying proves nothing.
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      Quote 2001by Anonymous on 21/01/2011

      Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
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        Quote 2489by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

        It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
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          Quote 2624by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

          If God has created us in His image, we have more than returned the compliment.
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            Quote 2853by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

            Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
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              Quote 2938by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

              Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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                Quote 2989by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
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                  Quote 3806by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                  Common sense is not so common.
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                    Quote 4376by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                    Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
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                      Quote 4378by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                      Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
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                        Quote 4542by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                        God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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                          Quote 4684by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                          Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
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                            Quote 5267by Anonymous on 10/06/2011

                            Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
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                              Quote 5329by Anonymous on 20/06/2011

                              Indolence is sweet, and its consequences bitter.
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                                Quote 5725by Anonymous on 22/08/2011

                                Prejudice is opinion without judgement.
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                                  Quote 6099by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                                  God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
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                                    Quote 6670by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                    The secret of being boring is to say everything.
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                                      Quote 6767by Anonymous on 07/10/2011

                                      The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.
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