Friday, 13 June 2008
Voltaire Quotes 1694-1778
This enlightenment thinker's belief in civil liberties, social reform despite censorship and questioning of religious dogma, make his ideas essential in todays Britain.
Here are some good quotes:
"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers"
"Prejudices are what fools use for reason."
"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong"
"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination."
"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do"
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion."
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."
"The multitude of books is making us ignorant."
"There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts."
"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy."
"God is always on the side of the big battalions."
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."
"Common sense is not so common."
"This is no time to make new enemies."
There are some amazing images cast up by reading these I am sure you will agree.