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Creator: Voltaire
aka: Francois Marie Arouet

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

"In a well-organized country, the smaller number makes the greater number work for it, feed it and submit to its government."

Real name François Marie Arouet. French dude, 1694-1778. Satirical philosopher. He is best known for his witty defense of civil liberties, freedom of religion, and free trade (he had staunch liberal views on economic issues). His views earned him one year in the Bastille at the time of the Régence, where he gained his penname. He would later make a huge fortune in military furnitures and gain great influence in the French and Prussian royal courts under kings Louis XV and Frederick II the Great. He would go on to inspire multiple philosophers and satirical authors, especially amongst those who supported his views. His writings also inspired both the French and American revolutions. He was also an historian and a scientist who published multiple essays. Prolific, as he published more than 20,000 letters and 2,000 books and pamphlets. The name Voltaire comes from ''Arouet le jeune'' ("Arouet the Young"), converted to Latin script where U=V and J=I; AROVET L I -> VOLTAIRE. He is eminently quotable, and mis-quotable. His favourite target was Jean-Jacques Rousseau.note 

Probably shouldn't be confused with the musician.

Stuff by Voltaire:

  • Letters on the English, 1733, revised 1778
  • Zadig, 1747
  • Micromégas, 1752
  • Candide, 1759,
  • Treatise on Tolerance, 1763
  • Ce qui plaît aux dames, 1764
  • Philosophical Dictionary, 1764
  • The Ingenue, 1767


This author's works provide examples of:


This Is Spinal TapNotable QuotablesWatchmen
Charles PerraultAuthorsPineal Weirdness
MolièreAuthors Of QuoteJean-Jacques Rousseau

alternative title(s): Francois Marie Arouet; Voltaire; Francois Marie Arouet
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