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Quotes of the Day for 21 November 2003 – Voltaire

François Marie Arouet was born at Paris on this day in 1694. The biting wit that endears him to me was less popular with the government of his era, he spent a year in the Bastille and at least three years in England in exile. He signed his work Voltaire.

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The quotes:

All pleasantry should be short; and it might even be as well were the serious short also.

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.

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

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

Love is a canvas pattern furnished by Nature, and embroidered by imagination.

One owes respect to the living; but to the dead one owes nothing but the truth.

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
     - All from François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778


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