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A long dispute means that both parties are wrong. Voltaire#Disagreement 175
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. Voltaire#Patriotism 132
Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals. Voltaire#Idleness 113
But for what purpose was the earth formed? asked Candide. To drive us mad, replied Martin. Voltaire#Live 109
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. Voltaire#Misfortune 94
The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire. Voltaire#Empire 92
The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. Voltaire#Honor 87
Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. Voltaire#Health 84
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. Voltaire#Life 78
Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. Voltaire#Ancestors 76
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