VOLTAIRE

 

“IF THIS IS THE BEST OF POSSIBLE WORLDS, WHAT THEN ARE THE OTHERS?”

 

 

Today I have created a meme with three of my favourite quotes from the great French writer Voltaire. Wikipedia give this short description of him, if you need to refresh your memory:

“François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire was his nom de plume) 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.”

Voltaire lived a long, full and adventurous life. He is one of France”s most revered, respected and honoured writers. And he was a friend of Ben Franklin. Need I say more? His wit and his wisdom seem very appropriate in our day and age…

000 Voltaire Quotes


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  1. FOX news immediately comes to mind with the first quote, along with snake handlers, Mormon polygamists, Muslim jihadists, Christian televangelists who make their audiences believe they’ll go to heaven if they donate lots of money, to name just a few. Voltaire was ahead of his time.

    • In some ways he was ahead of his time, only one must not forget that human nature hasn’t changed much over tens of thousands of years. His problems 250 years ago were not much different than ours today…

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