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had no need of a guide to learn ignorance
Imagine all contradictions, all possible incompatibilities--you will find them in the government, in the law-courts, in the churches, in the public shows of this droll nation.
Candide, who trembled like a philosopher, hid himself as well as he could during this heroic butchery.
But there must be some pleasure in condemning everything--in perceiving faults where others think they see beauties.''You mean there is pleasure in having no pleasure.
Optimism, " said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.
If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?
Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.
If they're from the village, you take them to the inn. If they're from the city, you treat them with respect when they are beautiful and throw them on the highway when they are dead.
Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom.
What a pessimist you are!" exclaimed Candide."That is because I know what life is, " said Martin.
She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying.
My dear young lady, when you are in love, and jealous, and have been flogged by the Inquisition, there's no knowing what you may do.
Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
Wisdom must yield to superstition's rules, Who arms with bigot zeal the hand of fools.
But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad, " replied Martin.
You are very harsh.''I have seen the world.