Friday, May 8, 2009

Voltaire's Candide - Best Quotes

Pangloss:

"best of all possible worlds."

"Ah, best of worlds, what's become of you now?"

"private misfortunes make for public welfare."

"I'm through, I must give up [Pangloss'] optimism after all... It is a mania for saying things are well when one is in hell."

Pangloss embodies Leibniz's philosophical viewpoint of a honky-dory universe. In contrast, both the scholar Martin and Candide develop a pessimistic but pragmatic view of life.

Narrator: After watching the carnage of war in which 30,000 people are killed, the narrator uses an oxymoron to express the insanity of war--"this heroic butchery."
Martin:

"what scales you Pangloss would use to weigh the misfortunes of mankind, and set a value on their sufferings. All that I pretend to know of the matter is that there are millions of men on the earth whose conditions are a hundred times more pitiable than those of King Charles Edward, the Emperor Ivan, or Sultan Achmet."

Candide:

"it is in Eldorado and not in the rest of the world."

"troubles are just the shadows in a beautiful picture."

"all is but illusion and disaster."

"we must [simply] cultivate our garden."

After much idle philosophizing and misery, a simple task such as cultivating a garden wins the day. Francois-Marie Arouet (pen name "Voltaire") was born in Paris 1694, and died in 1778; a man of the Enlightenment.
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Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers


Augustine, City of God
Austen J, Pride and Prejudice
Austen J, "Marriage Proposals and Me"
Austen J, Emma
Borges, The Aleph
C. Bronte, Jane Eyre
Burroughs E,Tarzan
Cervantes, Don Quijote
Chaucer, Wife of Bath
Coelho P,The Alchemist
Coyle H, They Are Soldiers
Dante, New Life
Dickens C, David Copperfield
Dostoevsky, Crime&Punishment
ConanDoyle,Hound of Baskervilles
Dubner S, Superfreakonomics

DuMaurier D, Rebecca
Ellis B. E. American Psycho
Fitzgerald S, Great Gatsby
Flaubert G, Madame Bovary
Fleming I,Doctor No
Freud S, Leonardo Da Vinci
Friedan B, Feminine Mystique
GarciaMarquez, Of Love & OtherDemons
GarciaMarquez,OneHundredYrs
Guerrero M,ThePoison Pill

Grass G, The Tin Drum
Harris T, Hannibal Rising
Heidegger M,House of Being
Ishiguro K, Remains of The Day
Johnson S,Rasselas
Kafka,Metamorphosis
Kosinski J, The Painted Bird
Lee H,To Kill a Mockingbird
McBain Ed,Gutter and Grave
Murakami H,Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Nabokov V, Lolita
Meyer, S, Twilight
Ortega,Dehumanization of Art
Poe E A, Gordon Pym
Prose F, Reading Like a Writer
Rushdie S,Midnight Children
Sabatini R, Scaramouche
Spark M, Prime of Miss Brodie

Stendhal, Red and Black
Sterne L,Tristram Shandy
Stevenson R, Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde
Stoker B, Dracula
Thackeray W,History of Pendennis
Tolstoy L, Anna Karenina
Trollope A, Autobiography
Unamuno M, Tragic Sense of Life
Voltaire, Candide
Webb J, Fields of Fire
Wharton E, The House of Mirth
Woolf V, To The Lighhouse


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