Born: November 21, 1694
Died: May 30, 1778
Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.' 'Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.' 'Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.' 'If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.
Man can have only a certain number of teeth, hair and ideas, there comes a time when he necessarily loses his teeth, hair and ideas.
God created women only to tame men.
Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.
There are barbarians who seize this dog, who so prodigiously surpasses man in friendship, and nail him down to a table, and dissect him alive to show you the mezaraic veins... Answer me, Machinist, has Nature really arranged all the springs of feeling in this animal to the end that he might not feel? Has he nerves that he may be incapable of suffering?
I never approved either the errors of his book, or the trivial truths he so vigorously laid down. I have, however, stoutly taken his side when absurd men have condemned him for these same truths.
What can I hope when all is right?
If there are atheists, who is to be blamed if not the mercenary tyrants of souls who, in revolting us against their swindles, compel some feeble spirits to deny the God whom these monsters dishonour?
The most genuine and efficacious charity is that which greases the paws of the priests, such charity covers a multitude of sins.
It has taken seas of blood to drown the idol of despotism, but the English do not think they bought their laws too dearly.
Before receiving your instruction, I must tell you what happened to me one day. I had just had a closet built at the end of my garden. I heard a mole arguing with a cockchafer, 'Here's a fine structure,' said the mole, 'it must have been a very powerful mole who did this work.' 'You're joking,' said the cockchafer, 'it's a cockchafer full of genius who is the architect of this building.' From that moment I resolved never to argue.
As you know, the Inquisition is an admirable and wholly Christian invention to make the pope and the monks more powerful and turn a whole kingdom into hypocrites.
The son of God is the same as the son of man, the son of man is the same as the son of God. God, the father, is the same as Christ, the son, Christ, the son, is the same as God, the father. This language may appear confused to unbelievers, but Christians will readily understand it.
Custom, law bent my first years to the religion of the happy Muslims. I see it too clearly: the care taken of our childhood forms our feelings, our habits, our belief. By the Ganges I would have been a slave of the false gods, a Christian in Paris, a Muslim here.
Go get yourself crucified and then rise on the third day.
An admiral should be put to death now and then to encourage the others.
It is reported in the supplement of the council of Nic?an that the fathers, being very perplexed to know which were the cryphal or apocryphal books of the Old and New Testaments, put them all pell-mell on an altar, and the books to be rejected fell to the ground. It is a pity that this eloquent procedure has not survived.
Whenever an important event, a revolution, or a calamity turns to the profit of the church, such is always signalised as the Finger of God.
What! Have you no monks to teach, to dispute, to govern, to intrigue and to burn people who do not agree with them?
Let us therefore reject all superstition in order to become more human, but in speaking against fanaticism, let us not imitate the fanatics: they are sick men in delirium who want to chastise their doctors. Let us assuage their ills, and never embitter them, and let us pour drop by drop into their souls the divine balm of toleration, which they would reject with horror if it were offered to them all at once.