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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  • Michaelbaum11: when i taught my students about paradigm shifts (conceptual revolutions) i used to show them this painting by salvador dali. you will see two nuns walking under and arch. look again and you'll see the bust of voltaire. the sacred v the heretic, yet the same visual information/1
  • Seibtnaomi: “all scientists agree” - no, you simply censored the ones who don’t.
  • William_whyte: of the devout portuguese monarch joão v, voltaire observed: “when he wanted a festival, he ordered a religious parade. when he wanted a new building, he built a convent, when he wanted a mistress, he took a nun.”
  • Kyakuffo: lord, protect me from my friends; i can take care of my enemies. voltaire, 1694- 1778
  • _benoux_: racism was a scientific trend populated by the philosophers of reason (like voltaire) & by darwinists that criticised the christian faith. the nazi segregation between clean and unclean was purely rational. the botomeless pit pit of stupidity wears the mask of science & reason.
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Sonnet Lii: What? Dost Thou Mean
 by Michael Drayton

What? Dost thou mean to cheat me of my heart?
To take all mine and give me none again?
Or have thine eyes such magic or that art
That what they get they ever do retain?
Play not the tyrant, but take some remorse;
Rebate thy spleen, if but for pity's sake;
Or, cruel, if thou canst not, let us 'scourse,
And, for one piece of thine, my whole heart take.

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