“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’”
Voltaire (1694 to 1778)
Voltaire, pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet, was one of the greatest of all French writers. Although only a few of his works are still read, he continues to be held in worldwide repute as a courageous crusader against tyranny, bigotry, and cruelty. Through its critical capacity, wit, and satire, Voltaire’s work vigorously propagates an ideal of progress to which people of all nations have remained responsive. His long life spanned the last years of classicism and the eve of the revolutionary era, and during this age of transition his works and activities influenced the direction taken by European civilisation.