Tag Archives: Voltaire

Self-Help Medicine: Voltaire

Every one should be his own physician. We ought to assist, not force nature. What medicine can procure digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep. What will alleviate incurable evils? Patience. Voltaire 1694-1788 The illustration is copyright: Ron and Joe … Continue reading

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Fools And Their Chains (Addiction): Voltaire

It is difficult to free fools from the chains that they revere. Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent. Voltaire Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Troisième Entretien The illustration … Continue reading

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Metaphysics

I would say of metaphysicians what Scaliger said of the Basques: they are said to understand each other, but I do not believe it. Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, Maximes et Pensées When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and … Continue reading

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Are You A First Or Second Ranker?

Some will shine in the second rank who are lost in the first. Voltaire Would you rather be a large fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a large pond? It is claimed that this phrase originated … Continue reading

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Prejudice: Voltaire

Prejudices  are what fools use for reason. Voltaire The illustration is by Andrea Danti via Shutterstock

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