Historical Period: The 18th Century
Voltaire (1694-1778) was one of the leading figures of the French Enlightenment. He first made a name for himself as a poet and playwright before turning to political philosophy, history, religious criticism, and other literary activities.
Quotes from Voltaire:
- Voltaire on not “the best of all possible worlds”
- Voltaire laments the destruction of Lisbon in an earthquake and criticises the philosophers who thought that “all’s well with the world” and the religious who thought it was “God’s will”
- Voltaire in Candide says that “tending one’s own garden” is not only a private activity but also productive
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