Voltaire (1694 – 1778) was a key French philosopher and critic. Best known for his work Candide (1762) which epitomises his satire and criticisms of social convention (see: la-ville-lumiere).

Common sense is not so common.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

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