Los Padres son dueños de todo y la gente no posée nada; es la obra maestra de la razón y la justicia. Yo no encuentro nada tan extraordinario como los Padres, que aquí luchan contra el rey de España y el de Portugal, y que allí, en Europa, confiesan a esos mismos reyes; que aquí...
Do you believe,” said Candide, “that men have always slaughtered each other as they do today, that they’ve always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates and thieves, weak, fickle, cowardly, envious, greedy, drunken, miserly, ambitious, bloodthirsty, slanderous, lecherous, fanatical, hypocritical and foolish?” “Do you believe,” said Martin, “that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they find...
A fondness for roving, for making a name for themselves in their onw country, and for boasting of what they had seen in their travels, was so strong in our two wanderers, that they resolved to be no longer happy; and demanded permission of the king to leave the country.
These marranos go wherever there is money to be made.
Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.
All our ancient history, as one of our wits remarked, is no more than accepted fiction.
And ask each passenger to tell his story, and if there is one of them all who has not cursed his existence many times, and said to himself over and over again that he was the most miserable of men, I give you permission to throw me head-first into the sea.
Toleration is the prerogative of humanity; we are all full of weaknesses and mistakes; let us reciprocally forgive ourselves. It is the first law of nature.La tolérance, c’est l’apanage de l’humanité; nous sommes tous pétris de faiblesse et d’erreurs; pardonnons-nous réciproquement nos sottises. C’est la première loi de la nature.
Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.
If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?
I have been a hundred times on the point of killing myself, but still was fond of life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our worst instincts. What can be more absurd than choosing to carry a burden that one really wants to throw to the ground? To detest, and yet to strive to...
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
Reading nurtures the soul, and an enlightened friend brings it solace.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
The secret of being a bore… is to tell everything.
The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them
What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.
Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.
Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.