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Quotes of the Day for 21 November 2001 – Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet was born at Paris on this day in 1694. Okay, that's not exactly a household name. He did make quite a name for himself as a playwright and philosopher, the name he made was Voltaire.

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The quotes:

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
     - All today's quotes are from François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778

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