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“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices”

– Voltaire

“So, you must be Christopher. I have been looking forward to meeting you. 143 more words


Licence to kill

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets


  • “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.” ~Voltaire (1694-1778)

French Enlightenment Ideas On Progress

We have discussed, in two previous articles here, the views on progress of two different thinkers, Fontenelle and the Abbé de Saint-Pierre.  We will now proceed to summarize the views on progress of several important writers of the French Enlightenment. 846 more words


The Perils of Perfection

For the first time in months, I woke up at 5am, started the teapot, brushed my teeth, put on my tights, and hurried out the door with tea in hand. 1,034 more words


The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all. – Voltaire http://ift.tt/1NoVmr1


He Said That? 4/22/16

From François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), pen name Voltaire, French writer, deist and philosopher, Letters On England, Letter 6, “On the Presbyterians”

Go into the London Stock Exchange – a more respectable place than many a court – and you will see representatives from all nations gathered together for the utility of men.

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