Title page from The Works of Voltaire, Vol. I (Candide)

Part of: The Works of Voltaire. A Contemporary Version, in 21 vols. The Works of Voltaire, Vol. I (Candide)

Taken from the 21 volume 1901 edition of the Complete Works, this is Voltaire’s most famous “philosophic tale” in which he makes fun of the idea that “this is the best of all possible worlds” by showing how much injustice and folly there really is in the world. He targets slavery, religious intoleration, and tyranny. He concludes that each person should “tend to their own garden” and leave others alone to do likewise.

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Candide, as he was returning home, made profound reflections on the Turk’s discourse. “This good old man,” said he to Pangloss and Martin, “appears to me to have chosen for himself a lot much preferable to that of the six kings with whom we had the honor to sup.” … “Neither need you tell me,” said…

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