Simon Says: Daily Food Quote, November 15, 2011

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by Simón de Swaan

Thought depends absolutely on the stomach, but in spite of that, those who have the best stomachs are not the best thinkers.–Voltaire, 1770

François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, famous for his wit and for advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, free trade and separation of church and state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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French Food Quote: August 2, 2011

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by Jonell Galloway

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.–Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire was born into a middle class family in Paris in 1694. He is perhaps the very embodiment of the Enlightenment, serving as a crusader against tyranny and bigotry on the part of the Catholic church as well as government and society, as a result of which he spent time in the Bastille prison and in exile in England, Holland and Geneva. He is best known for his book Candide, a scathing view of humanity, where he concludes the best one can do in life is, “Il faut cultiver notre jardin,” i.e. look after your own garden. He died in 1778.

 

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