Voltaire; Francois-Marie

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A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do. Leaders & Leadership
All men would then be necessarily equal, if they were without needs. It is the poverty connected with our species which subordinates one man to another. It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Divorce is probably of nearly the same age as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient. Families, Children & Parenting
Every nation has its own language as well as its own temperament. English, Languages & Bilingualism
History is after all only a pack of tricks we play on the dead History
It is a noble thing to make ingrates. Leaders & Leadership
It is a serious question among them whether they [Africans] are descended from monkeys or whether the monkeys come from them. Our wise men have said that man was created in the image of God. Now here is a lovely image of the Divine Maker: a flat and black nose with little or hardly any intelligence. A time will doubtless come when these animals [monkeys] will know how to cultivate the land well, beautify their houses and gardens, and know the paths of the stars: one needs time for everything. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Love truth, but pardon error. Leaders & Leadership
Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so. War & Peace
Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours. Public Opinion & Polling
Ours is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world. Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth. Religion & God
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest