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1694-1778. French writer and historian.

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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.

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

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Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.

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When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.

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Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

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God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.

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The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.

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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

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To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.

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All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

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