Well, he wrote the novella Candide, a story of one man's disillusionment with the state of the world around him. He despised slavery and was a big fan of Confucius. His real name was Francois-Marie Arouet and he spent the last years of his life in the town of Ferney, which has since been renamed Ferney-Voltaire in his honour. It's said that he was a tremendous lover of coffee, so despite his sometimes intolerant views he couldn't have been too bad
Wit. Social conscience. Courage.
He 'spoke truth to power,' and was beaten and imprisoned as a result. Not surprising, given how effective his mockery tended to be; he famously said:
“I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”
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Voltaire (a pen name) lived from 1694 to 1778 in France. He moved the Enlightenment - the awakening of a new political and social consciousness that would give birth to democracy - forward with his humor and courage.
Voltaire was imprisoned for his beliefs and writings many times. He did not stop writing. He was a model, therefore, of the courage to speak even when freedom of speech was not part of national law. And he wrote about freedom of speech, freedom of expression, civil liberties, free trade, and separation of church and state. His writing was very influential in the American colonies of Great Britain, and all of these ideas were included in the Constitution of the United States.
To put it simply, he allowed himself to be imprisoned that the Founding Fathers of the United States and those who stood up for Liberty in France might receive these ideas, and so that the Western world might develop democracy and live in Freedom until today.
May we remember his courage and nourish our freedom!
If memory serves me correctly....he was a famous French author who was very witty and a strong backer of social reform.....way back in the 1700s. And I thought that college education was never going to be used....lol.
Read 'Candide'. That's all you need to do and then you will be inspired to read more and find out more.
He was a Deist... I found this quote by a Roman Catholic rather humorous... "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote to his father the year of Voltaire's death, saying, "The arch-scoundrel Voltaire has finally kicked the bucket..."
As a Deist he did believe in the concept of God... just not on the particulars that other people would have him to believe... this affected the way he viewed many things in society... like authority and the need for change... and CHampioning the cause of the poor and needy. The Powers that were... were not impressed! :-)
....one of my favorite quotes - "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." I believe this applies so much to freedom of speech and in particular between colleagues here at Hubpages.
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I don't know, philosophy, I guess, intellect another, writing as well, lots of creativity
He is famous for telling us to "dare to think for yourself"!
He as a French "Enlightenment" writer who was rather a rebel. He was known for his advocacy of civil liberties and often wrote satire against the elite.
Was he the guy who designed the Chevy Volt for Obama???? Just wondering! LOL! ~ WB
A great French writer, Voltaire, was a philosopher, and historian; he was an advocate for the "Enlightenment"and clever in witty speech. He was one of the first to advocate for freedoms, or civil liberties, and human rights, much of his work was copied by the founding fathers who drew up the constitution in the United States and followed his lead in many areas. He was a real "Founding Father" in his own respects and one in which to be regarded in highest esteem and and well deserved awe, in his works.
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