Who is Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet (French: [fʁɑ̃swa maʁi aʁwɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), 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.

Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of civil liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the st...
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Voltaire Poems

  • The Origin Of Trades
    When with a skilful hand Prometheus made
    A statue that the human form displayed,
    Pandora, his own work, to wed he chose,
    And from those two the human race arose. ...
  • In Camp Before Philippsburg
    Without a bed we now sleep sound
    And take our meals upon the ground;
    And though the blazing atmosphere
    Must dreadful to the eye appear, ...
  • From Love To Friendship
    If you would have me love once more,
    The blissful age of love restore;
    From wine's free joys, and lovers' cares,
    Relentless time, who no man spares, ...
  • To Her Royal Highness, The Princess Of ***
    Abeauteous princess often may
    Languish in pleasure's season gay;
    The empty forms of haughty state
    Oft make life tedious to the great....
  • Thelema And Macareus
    Thelema's lively, all admire
    Her charms, but she's too full of fire;
    Impatience ever racks her breast,
    Her heart a stranger is to rest....
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Heart 6 Life 6 I Love You 5 Love 5 Alone 4 Time 4 Away 4 Place 4 Great 4 Soul 3


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  • Steve_voltaire: say something along the lines of thank you haven’t heard from you in a while and then they will explain where they’re from and what they’ve been doing that narrows it down
  • Gyozaposer: a student raised his hand while writing his essay on voltaire’s candide (we just spent the previous 7 classes reading and discussing candide) to ask me if candide was a play.
  • Rambybaloyi: “history never repeats itself; man always does.”- voltaire
  • Redseashawty: they don’t put pockets on women’s clothes because we’re not supposed to pay for anything
  • Fabre_jaime: whoever has the power to make you believe in lies, has the power to make you commit injustices! voltaire
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In Memoriam A. H. H.: 96. You Say, But With No Touch Of Sco
 by Alfred Lord Tennyson

You say, but with no touch of scorn,
Sweet-hearted, you, whose light-blue eyes
Are tender over drowning flies,
You tell me, doubt is Devil-born.
I know not: one indeed I knew
In many a subtle question versed,
Who touch'd a jarring lyre at first,
But ever strove to make it true:
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