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Voltaire: Candide – Analysis of the Enlightenment

“Let’s work without speculating; it’s the only way of making life bearable.” This sentence is found at the end of Voltaire’s novel, Candide. Written during the Enlightenment, the book is a scathing criticism of the most cherished ideal of the period – that the power of reason will lead humanity to happiness. 426 more words


Defend to the Death

There have been quite a few comments on my Twitter feed today concerned with ones right to express ones views. An ideal opportunity to repeat Voltaire’s oft cited but still relevant quote; 25 more words


What peace and blessings without a god

What peace and blessings without a god.
To be human is to be flawed.
In my mistakes I rejoice,
for happiness is all by choice. 112 more words

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

I’m reluctant to admit that a cliché might contain a grain of wisdom, or, shall we say, a grain of useful wisdom. After all, a cliché repeats the obvious, the common or garden truth that we’ve heard too many times, or the banal. 835 more words


“Le secret d’ennuyer est celui de tout dire.
(The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.)”

– Voltaire 


The laws of games

August 23, 2015

“To the shame of mankind, one knows that the laws of games are the only ones which everywhere are just, clear, inviolable and executed.” 19 more words


Fashionable Quotes: Voltaire

It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.

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