French author, poet, philosopher
21 November 1694 — 30 May 1778

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God created sex. Priests created marriage.

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I decided to be happy, it is excellent for one`s health.

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.

Common sense is not so common.

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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.


Every man is guilty of all the good he didn`t do.

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.

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

Appreciation is a wonderful thing! It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.


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