Voltaire

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Macmillan, 1886 - 365 pages
 

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Page 283 - Aux cris demi-formés de leurs voix expirantes, Au spectacle effrayant de leurs cendres fumantes, Direz-vous : « C'est l'effet des éternelles lois Qui d'un Dieu libre et bon nécessitent le choix? » Direz-vous, en voyant cet amas de victimes : « Dieu s'est vengé, leur mort est le prix de leurs crimes?
Page 266 - There is an universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object, those qualities, with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious.
Page 280 - Will you sweeten the lives of suffering men, and take its heaviness from that droning piteous chronicle of wrong and cruelty and despair, which everlastingly saddens the compassionating ear like moaning of a midnight sea; will you animate the stout of heart with new fire, and the firm of hand with fresh joy of battle, by the thought of a being without intelligible attributes, a mere abstract creation of...
Page 294 - And a man will be already in no mean paradise, if, at the hour of sunset, a good hope can fall upon him like harmonies of music, that the earth shall still be fair, and the happiness of every feeling creature still receive a constant augmentation, and each good cause still find worthy defenders, when the memory of his own poor name and personality has long been blotted out of the brief recollection of men forever.
Page 284 - Atomes tourmentés sur cet amas de boue, Que la mort engloutit, et dont le sort se joue, Mais atomes pensants, atomes dont les yeux, Guidés par la pensée, ont mesuré les cieux ; Au sein de l'infini nous élançons notre être, Sans pouvoir un moment nous voir et nous connaître. Ce monde, ce théâtre et d'orgueil et d'erreur, Est plein d'infortunés qui parlent de bonheur.
Page 13 - Voltaire, far different from this, an irrational prejudice was not the object of a polite coldness, but a real evil to be combated and overthrown at every hazard. Cruelty was not to him as a disagreeable dream of the imagination, from thought of which he could save himself by arousing to sense of his own comfort, but a vivid flame burning into his thoughts and destroying peace. Wrong-doing and injustice were not simple words on his lips; they went as knives to the heart \ he suffered with the victim,...
Page 279 - Un sophiste . arrogant nous dit qu'il ne l'a pu ; "II le pouvait," dit l'autre, "et ne l'a point voulu : II le voudra, sans doute" ; et, tandis qu'on raisonne, Des foudres souterrains engloutissent Lisbonne, Et de trente cités dispersent les débris, Des bords sanglants du Tage à la mer de Cadix. Ou...
Page 280 - ... of humanity in the dark times of old, but by the representation, to men sitting in bondage and confusion, of godlike natures moving among them under figure of the most eternally touching of human relations, — a tender mother ever interceding for them, and an elder brother laying down his life that their burdens might be loosened.
Page 216 - IN examining the Voltairean attack upon religion we have to remember that it was in the first instance prompted, and throughout its course stimulated and embittered, by antipathy to the external organization of the religion. It was not merely disbelief in a creed, but exasperation against a church.

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