François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile 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, despite strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.


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The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "De la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en vers sur L'Homme (1738).
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Divorce," Philosophical Dictionary (1764). Full name: François Marie Arouet Voltaire.
The best is the enemy of the good.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Dramatic Art," Philosophical Dictionary (1764).

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