We do not exist for ourselves. (Thomas Merton)
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Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)


(1694 – 1778) Famous using his pen name Voltaire. A French Enlightenment writer, playwright, historian and philosopher, famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, free trade and separation of church and state. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets.

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
Better is the enemy of good.
Business is the salt of life.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
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