Six Word Saturday – June 2, 2012 : Voltaire


Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name ‘Voltaire‘, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state.

In his opinion, the French bourgeoisie were too small and ineffective, the aristocracy were parasitic and corrupt, the commoners were superstitious and ignorant, and the church was a static force only useful as a counterbalance since its “religious tax”, or the tithe, helped to cement a powerbase against the monarchy.

Voltaire distrusted the democratic was of governance. He said that democracy was propagating the idiocy of the masses. He essentially believed monarchy to be the key to progress and change.

Since the king’s rational interest was to improve the power and wealth of France in the world, Voltaire presumed that only an enlightened monarch, advised by philosophers like himself, could bring about change.

Voltaire is quoted as saying that he “would rather obey one lion, than 200 rats of (his own) species”.

Today, Voltaire is remembered and honoured in France as a courageous polemicist, who tirelessly fought for civil rights, the right to a fair trial and freedom of religion, and who denounced the hypocrisies and injustices of the ancient regime.

But he had his own detractors in some of his critics, like Thomas Carlyle, who argued that while he was unsurpassed in literary form, not even the most elaborate of his works was of much value for matter, and that he had never come up with any significant idea of his own.

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday:

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” – Voltaire

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Six Word Saturday – May 19, 2012


Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday: Pearls of Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta:

Life is a game, play it.

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Six Word Saturday – May 12, 2012


Olivia Hussey as Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a new television series for Italian TV, produced by Lux Vide.

Renowned English actress Olivia Hussey has spoken of her delight at being chosen to play Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a new television series for Italian TV, produced by Lux Vide. It was shown around the time of the beatification of the world’s most famous nun, October 2003.

“I never met Mother Teresa, but I spoke to some of the sisters of her order: the light on their faces has impressed me greatly … For 20 years, I have dreamt of having this role, and I knew that Mother Teresa would not have been displeased,” said Ms Hussey.

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday: Pearls of Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta:

Life is a duty, complete it.

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Six Word Saturday – May 5, 2012


Deutsch: Mutter Teresa (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); 1...

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday:

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Pearls of Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta.

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