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Voltaire
1694-1778 (Age at death: 84 approx.)

François-Marie Arouet (French: [fʁ�'̃.swa ma.ʁi aʁ.wɛ]; 21 November 1694 - 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (/voʊlˈtɛər/; French: [v�"l.tɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, 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 advocate, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

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"To hold a pen is to be at war."



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Voltaire

Away then, with a vain prejudice, the invention of the priesthood, which has been transmitted by our ancestors to an ignorant people.

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Doubt may be painful, but certainty ridiculous
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If God did not exist, it would be necesary to invent him.

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In all business of state there is always a pretext which is put forward, and a real reason which is kept in the background."

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Voltaire

Man is free the moment he wants to be.

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The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe
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Voltaire

We must distinguish between speaking with intent to Deceive and keeping silence with intent to be inscrutable."

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Voltaire

We must make a difference between speaking to deceive and being silent to be impenetrable.

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Voltaire

What unknown power governs men?
On what feeble causes do their destinies hinge!

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Voltaire

What unknown power governs men?
On what feeble causes do their destinies hinge!

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