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  Malaspina Great Books - Voltaire (1694)
Voltaire's works, and especially his private letters, constantly contain the word "1'infame" and the expression (in full or abbreviated) "ecrasez i'infame." This has been misunderstood in many ways - the mistake going so far as in some cases to suppose that Voltaire meant Christ by this opprobrious expression.
Voltaire knew that the public opinion of his time reserved its highest prizes for a capable and successful dramatist, and he was determined to win these prizes.
Voltaire never dwells too long on this point, stays to laugh at what he has said, elucidates or comments on his own jokes, guffaws over them or exaggerates their form.
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  Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet de. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Voltaire’s interference in the quarrel between Maupertuis and König led to renewed coldness on the part of Frederick, and in 1753 Voltaire hastily left Prussia.
Voltaire attained the most subtly comical effects through an imperceptible turn of a phrase; his sentences flow with facility; his expressions are always felicitous and unlabored; his irony is as devastating as its touch is light.
Voltaire was significant in helping to introduce to the theater authentic costumes, and he labored successfully for the improvement of the social status of actors.
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  Voltaire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Voltaire is known for his sharp wit, philosophical writings, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial.
Voltaire was educated by the Jesuits at the Collège Louis-le-Grand, (1704-11).
Voltaire and the Marquise also worked with philosophy, particularly with metaphysics, the branch of philosophy dealing with the distant, and what cannot be directly proven: why and what life is, whether or not there is a God, and so on.
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Voltaire is known for his philosophical writing, his great wit, and as a crusader against injustice, intolerance, cruelty, and war.
In 1717, Voltaire was arrested and sent to the Bastille for insults to the regent, Philippe II D'Orleans.
Voltaire continued to write for the theater and believed he would be able to gain both fame and wealth in his chosen career.
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 On Voltaire
While Voltaire was attending the college of Louis Le Grand the soldiers of the king were hunting Protestants in the mountains of Cevennes for magistrates to hang on gibbets, to put to torture, to break on the wheel, or to burn at the stake.
Voltaire was annoyed by the meaner and baser spirits of his time, by the cringers and crawlers, by the fawners and pretenders, by those who wished to gain the favor of priests, the patronage of nobles.
Voltaire approached the mythology of the Jews precisely as he did the mythology of the Greeks and Romans, or the mythology of the Chinese or the Iroquois Indians.
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 HOS: Voltaire   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Voltaire was blessed, and cursed, with one of the sharpest wits of modern times.
Voltaire, in fact, was the living embodiment of the Age of Reason, the most shining light of the last period in history in which it was chic for a man of humanistic culture to understand and admire science and for a scientist to love the humanities.
Voltaire believed that the finding of regular patterns resembling those of physics should be possible even in the study of physics.
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 Notes on Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary
Voltaire does not believe it is possible to observe what is usually called the "soul." Notice how he ridicules the idea that there is a spiritual entity separate from the body by discussing the nature of flowers and dogs.
Voltaire begins this declaration of his personal theology with a joke in which Mlle Duclos is so ignorant of her religion that she has the Credo confused with the Pater Noster (the Lord's Prayer).
Voltaire is intent on showing that the Romans were unusually tolerant of foreign religions because the usual stereotype of their culture is that it was intolerant in its attitude toward Christianity.
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 Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire - Biography and Works
Voltaire (1694-1778), French writer, satirist, the embodiment of the 18th-century Enlightenment, remembered as a crusader against tyranny and bigotry.
Voltaire was educated by the Jesuits at the Collège Louis-le-Grand (1704-11).
Voltaire died in Paris on May 30, 1778, at eighty-four, the undisputed leader of the Age of Enlightenment.
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 Voltaire by Thomas S. Vernon
Voltaire was dining with the duc de Sully, [in the] rue Saint-Antoine, was called to the front door, and was there beaten by the servants of Rohan, who directed the operations from his carriage.
One of Voltaire's admirers was Frederick, the Crown Prince of Prussia, who, in 1736, at the age of twenty-four, wrote Voltaire a "fan letter." This was the beginning of a friendship which, on an on-and-off basis, lasted throughout Voltaire's lifetime; it was an ambivalent and sometimes stormy relationship.
Voltaire's sojourn in Geneva was clouded by a stifling atmosphere of religious conservatism and by the enmity of the neurotic Rousseau.
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Voltaire was born in Paris, Nov. 21, 1694, the son of a notary.
Voltaire soon mastered the English language, and in order to prepare the British public for an enlarged edition of his Poeme de la ligue, he wrote in English two remarkable essays, one on epic poetry and the other on the history of civil wars in France.
Voltaire's sojourn at Cirey in companionship with the marquise du Chatelet was a period of intense literary activity.
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 History House: Voltaire's Beatings: Part I
Voltaire, the greatest man of letters France produced in the eighteenth century, always found himself at odds with the local aristocracy.
Voltaire was obviously a man of great talent, yet was surrounded by dolts who commanded much more power and respect than he.
As Voltaire stepped out into the street and made his way to a carriage that was stationed there, he was seized by two hoodlums and beaten by a cudgel while Rohan, who had hired the thugs for the purpose, sat in his coach and watched.
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Voltaire did not support the dogmatic theology of institutional religions, his religiosity was anticlerical.
In 1740 Voltaire was an ambassador-spy in Prussia, then in Brussels (1742-43), and in 1748 he was at the court of King Stanislas in Lunéville.
Voltaire died in Paris on May 30, 1778, as the undisputed leader of the Age of Enlightenment.
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 Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)
In his younger days, Voltaire expressed a great admiration for Shakespeare, but as his own position as a dramatist and critic became more firmly established, he seemed to think that to belittle Shakespeare made Voltaire greater.
Actually Voltaire lacked the understanding and sympathy which are essential to the great dramatist; but he could give theatrical credence to a thrilling story and at the same time preach a sermon.
Voltaire as a Dramatist - An analysis of the French writer's dramatic career.
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 Voltaire | Author and Philosopher
Voltaire was particularly interested in the philosophical rationalism of the time, and in the study of the natural sciences.
Voltaire was often an outspoken critic of religious intolerance and persecution.
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Voltaire was the nom de plume of Francois Marie Arouet (1694-1778).
Voltaire's writings brought him fame and fortune, but, like those of his character Micromegas, also brought trouble.
Yet Voltaire's works eventually catalyzed the French Revolution, and secured his lasting memory as a hero of all the free world.
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Voltaire immediately regarded the work as a serious disappointment from one who had been a somewhat promising protege.
On the principle that anything so unpopular with the government must ipso facto be pretty good, the official condemnation permanently established Helvétius's philosophical repute among the fashionable salon crowd, and rehabilitated him among the intellectual elite as well, to a great extent.
Friends is not a scholarly work, but Hall is fairly scrupulous throughout the book to state within the text whether she is quoting speech or text, and whether various reports are first-person or likely hearsay.
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 Voltaire - Wikiquote
Voltaire was mocking Leibniz, who would have meant this literally (see the source for elaboration).
Voltaire wrote: A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do.
Though these words are regularly attributed to Voltaire, they were first used by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1906), as a summation of Voltaire's beliefs on freedom of thought and expression.
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 Voltaire (by Clarence Darrow)
Voltaire was forty years of age when he fled from Pairs to the estate of Madame du Chatelet and his life and fortunes were bound up with her for sixteen years.
Voltaire corrected Frederick's verses, helped him about his French, entertained him and his brilliant company, swapped compliments with him, and was the life of the court; but all geniuses are difficult, especially when more than one is present at the same time.
Voltaire wrote a searching poem on the problems of life, entitled "The Disaster of Lisbon." At the same time was published his poem on "Natural Law" covering the eternal questions as to the meaning, plan, scheme, and end of all.
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 Amazon.com: Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics): Books: Voltaire,John Butt   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In Voltaire's day, this issue was primarily pursued either from the perspective of faith (everything that happens is God's will and must be for Divine purpose) or of reason (What do these events mean to you, as you interpret them subjectively?).
Voltaire wrote Candide at the age of sixty-five as a response, in the form of satirical mockery, to the optimism of Leibniz.
Voltaire's legendary reputation for rapier wit and shocking turn of phrase can be found in these pages, but much of it seems diluted because his style has so often been imitated.
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 The Voltaire Society of America   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The chief purpose of THE VOLTAIRE SOCIETY OF AMERICA INCORPORATED is to foster the spirit of the Enlightenment, tolerance and respect for the rights of the individual as exemplified by the life of Voltaire and as reflected in the beliefs of his contemporaries, the founders of the United States.
THE VOLTAIRE SOCIETY OF AMERICA has established excellent relations with the local civic group Voltaire à Ferney, and expects to establish equally good ties with the Fondation Voltaire once it is formally organized.
He explained to me how Voltaire championed urban and agrarian reforms in Ferney and its modest rural environs, and how he advocated enlightened economic planning designed to make the region a competitive rival to its much richer and larger neighbor, Geneva.
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When Voltaire (1694-1778) returned to Paris in February 1778 from decades of exile in Switzerland, he was met with tumultuous welcome in the streets of Paris.
During those few months Voltaire sat several times for Houdon, who portrayed him in busts and as a seated figure, in classical drapery and contemporary dress.
Voltaire became Houdon's most popular subject and one of his most compelling characterizations.
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