Voltaire By Victoria Lewis

Voltaire was born in France with the name Fran├žois-Marie Arouet. He was a philosopher, historian, and writer. He impacted the enlightenment era with his beliefs in fighting for tolerance, reason, freedom of religious beliefs and freedom of speech. The church was not to happy about his ideas. This challenged traditional beliefs in society because not everyone agreed with his ideas. One of his more known works was his historical study of The Age of King Louis XIV. Fran├žois spent many years in exile and spent two years in prison for these politically charged works towards the church.

Voltaire lived through the last years of classicism and the beginning years of revolutionary era. During this age of transition, his projects and his writings influenced the European transition.

"Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers."

The quote means that the questions we ask show who we are as thinkers. Questions are usually heartfelt, answers are not well thought out statements.

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