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Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire's biography

Francois Marie Arouet, commonly known as Voltaire, was born November 21st, 1694 in Paris, France. His intelligence, wit and style made him one of the most famous writers and philosophers of all time.

Voltaire was an excellent writer. He is most well known for his influence during the Enlightenment. His writing "Candide" is considered as one of the most brilliant works no theodicy. His religious views are basically that we cannot fully understand God until we understand our own universe and that we should all have freedom of religion since we don't know the truth about God. Read some of Voltaire's greatest quotes below.


There are truths that are not for all men, nor for all occasions.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
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.
Love truth, but pardon error.
A witty saying proves nothing.
One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
The progress of the rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.