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Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "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."

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.




Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "Candide, who trembled like a philosopher, hid himself as well as he could during this heroic butchery."

Candide, who trembled like a philosopher, hid himself as well as he could during this heroic butchery.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "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."

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.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "Optimism, " said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst."

Optimism, " said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.




Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?"

If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want."

Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "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."

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.




Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom."

Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "What a pessimist you are!" exclaimed Candide."That is because I know what life is, " said Martin."

What a pessimist you are!" exclaimed Candide."That is because I know what life is, " said Martin.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying."

She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "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."

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.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "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."

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.




Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "Wisdom must yield to superstition's rules, Who arms with bigot zeal the hand of fools."

Wisdom must yield to superstition's rules, Who arms with bigot zeal the hand of fools.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad, " replied Martin."

But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad, " replied Martin.



Voltaire, Candide Quotes: "You are very harsh.''I have seen the world."

You are very harsh.''I have seen the world.