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Thursday, December 27, 2007

News With Voltaire Volume 2

Voltaire (François Marie Arouet, 1694-1778) was a French philosopher credited with influencing many of the founding fathers of our country. The picture above is more or less there for two reasons; one it just looks effing cool and two it nicely sums up the philosophy of the man whose writings I've come to admire.

Here is the second installment of News with Voltaire!

"The secret of being boring is to say everything."

"Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills."

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

And rounding it out with an oldie but a goody....

"Anything too stupid to be said is sung."


KR3W said...

I disagree with Voltaire on his quote about animals.

Elephants are seen to carry out ceremonies for their dead and it is quite obvious that there is a genuine fear displayed in near-death animals.

There's also the tiger's fury that occurs when said felidae suspects it is in a near-death situation in which the tiger can be seen to enter a megadrenaline state.

It is unwise to write off all animals as objects.

-DO- said...

i don't like Voltaire, but great read as always.

NMTDS said...

Governments should fear their people.
Too true.