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Quote Left Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization. Quote Right
Quote Left If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated. Quote Right
Quote Left Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well Quote Right
Quote Left If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. Quote Right
Quote Left A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady. Quote Right
Quote Left Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die. Quote Right
Quote Left It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. Quote Right
Quote Left Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres. (In this country England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. from Candide) Quote Right
Quote Left The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors. Quote Right
Quote Left There is an astonishing imagination, even in the science of mathematics... We repeat, there was far more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of Homer. Quote Right
Quote Left If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. Quote Right
Quote Left People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it. Quote Right
Quote Left Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth. Quote Right
Quote Left Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. Quote Right
Quote Left The best is the enemy of the good. Quote Right
Quote Left It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. Quote Right
Quote Left There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. Quote Right
Quote Left I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. Quote Right
Quote Left If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him. But all nature cries aloud that He does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it. Quote Right
Quote Left God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh. Quote Right
Quote Left Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Quote Right
Quote Left I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas. Quote Right
Quote Left It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. Quote Right
Quote Left It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one. Quote Right
Quote Left To hold a pen is to be at war. Quote Right
Quote Left One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. Quote Right
Quote Left All styles are good except the tiresome kind. Quote Right
Quote Left He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. Quote Right
Quote Left Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Quote Right
Quote Left The superfluous, a very necessary thing. Funny Quote Right