Voltaire Quotes

The man, who in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week.

Voltaire’s view is often cited by opponents of assisted suicide or “the right to die.” At the time, the right wing was oriented to let anyone do as they pleased and the left wing was trying to discourage things like suicide. Melancholy was the term for what we now recognize as the disease of depression.
  • Born: November 21, 1694
  • Died: May 30, 1778
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Writer

François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire (/vɒlˈtɛər/; French: [vɔltɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.