Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade.  Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.

·         God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

·         It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

·         Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?

·         Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

·         Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.

·         It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

Published in Young Nation on May 14, 2016