VoltaireVoltaire, [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778) French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher

Voltaire Quote

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”

~ Voltaire

Ratings and Comments


Excellent! but possible with sacrifice

J Carlton, Calgary

Fools and chains demonstrated very well here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktIECyzf4YM&NR=1

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to America. By way of a very terse example: When the vast majority revere acceptance, empowerment, and a great self worth when the current accepted money is set forth as a substantive specie of value, in the form of emoluments, credit, payment of debt, etc. the fools will not be freed.

E Archer, NYC

It's a shame it takes so long to get smart enough to free oneself from the bonds of a foolish youth.

Dave, St. Louis

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe that they are free" -- Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe

Dave, St. Louis

When our masters reward citizens for jailing and killing innocent citizens, who can deny that a civil war exists?

warren, olathe

welfare and the nanny state are good examples.

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anonymous    2/18/14

Everyone chooses their own favorite 'chains' and they're welcome to them.

Mike, Norwalk

When a major political platform is; 'don't work, we'll take care of you in a manner we want you to become accustom to' and the slaves justify such a dole, it is more than difficult to free the fools from the chains they revere, it is nigh on to impossible. When the fools believe in, and revere compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (life / income / property tax, funny money, etc.), the norm of despotism and the case where there are no inalienable rights unless the master says there are, the slave's chains are again, nigh on impossible to remove so that freedom and liberty may reign.

watchman13, USA

Trust not in sudden riches, or those laid up through time. A broader overview is required to understand what being a prisoner is and the state thereof. If liberty is life and socialism death to our freeborn. If education affords better economics to free oneself from the chains of slavery, ( of course the hill likes to use the word poverty ), then the right is taxed away, from the simplest of the simple. You can not start on the right and move to the middle, that just stays in the same box. So who is telling who what. The birth will bring forth, things waited for. Many elders, do know the process. Life, death, and rebirth is carried out continually. And so it has been in our nation and the worlds. What is your hope ? Many things are taught in time, to teach the right thing at the right time is what counts for good. What is to us ? We say liberty and freedom, then where is it from and to what end ? Life after death is the issue. Foretold events will be large loses of life. This nation has been a nation of rescue sense it began. The ability to preach salvation under a blanket of grace, ordained by The God of all creation to birth new children to himself. Times foretold and declared in the heavens themselves. We do know the Captain of the host. Fear moves the masses, all inclusive by the slight of a few. Makes no difference to the outcome. No one that is saved will be left behind, that is the point of the rescue, and birth. Then Jacobs trouble begins.
Where is the furry of the oppressor? The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But for those that know their hope of rescue, this can be said in assurance, And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered the in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion thou art my people. This nation will return to the support of Israel, then there will come, the mid term birth for Israel. Then the second coming of Christ. But we are not here to sell books or pack houses preaching from the book of Revelation or the time of Jacobs trouble. Fear mongering. To strip away the faith this nation once had, is the goal of the oppressor. No hope, fear rules. We stand by faith. So take heed lest you fall. Liberty and Freedom are for those that have it, and dare stand for it. The Lord does visit men, as do the angels walk among us. Liberty and freedom do have a purpose, to afford us salvation from the wrath to come. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. As Paul puts it, you may grow up into Christ. For Christ does visit in Paul's pattern of things. He is our apostle and keeper of the key for us. Alive and well. Waiting also for the change. Liberty and freedom with out hope, is a ship without a port. That is why our hope is a mystery also. Are you ready, is the question. No hope, then only confusion and death. No faith, no hope, then what do you fight for, but to feed your belly and the lust of the eye. Thinking there is no life after death is foolishness in the greatest degree. Even the devils believe and fear The God of host.

watchman13, USA

The creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly but by him who subjecteth the same in hope. We stand by faith, we are saved by hope. What is your hope of Liberty and Freedom.

E Archer, NYC

Sheesh, watchman, give it a rest already -- who do you think you are 'saving' here? Does every one of your posts have to be a long rambling of religious-psycho-babble? If you actually understood this quote, it's about YOU.

gknoyer, Paris

This quote is from: "The Dinner of Count de Boulainvilliers"


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