Henry Fielding, of the graceful and fantastic Monsieur Crebillon the younger, whom our immortal poet Gray so much admired, and of the universal Monsieur de Voltaire
. Once, when Mr.
"Had there been no Bagration, it would have been necessary to invent him," said the wit Shinshin, parodying the words of Voltaire
. Kutuzov no one spoke of, except some who abused him in whispers, calling him a court weathercock and an old satyr.
Quaint enough, but certainly no instance of anybody's wit, is the account of how a French translation of a play of Vanbrugh--not architect of Blenheim only, but accomplished in many other ways--appeared at the Odeon, in 1862, with all fitting raptures, as a posthumous work of Voltaire
To those who maintain that the planets are not inhabited one may reply: You might be perfectly in the right, if you could only show that the earth is the best possible world, in spite of what Voltaire
I saw Voltaire
in red morocco, Shakespeare in blue, Walter Scott in green, the "History of England" in brown, the "Annual Register" in yellow calf.
In dying, I will say to those around me what Voltaire
wrote to Piron: `Eo rus, and all will be over.' But come, Franz, take courage, your wife is an heiress."
He would have preferred Rabelais' 'Gargantua' to the 'Zadig' of Voltaire
: and, upon the whole, practical jokes suited his taste far better than verbal ones.
As to his religious notions-- why, as Voltaire
said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.
said of this city, that "before Louis XIV., it possessed but four fine monuments": the dome of the Sorbonne, the Val-de-Grâce, the modern Louvre, and I know not what the fourth was--the Luxembourg, perhaps.
His favorite poets were Horace and Pope; his chosen philosophers, Hobbes and Voltaire
. He took his exercise and his fresh air under protest; and always walked the same distance to a yard, on the ugliest high-road in the neighborhood.
might have canted if he'd stood in my shoes; but the brains' - with a rattling fillip on his bald head - 'the brains were clear and active, and I saw and made no deductions.'
Although you don't know his name you make a mockery of his form, following the example of Voltaire
. You sneer at his hoofs, at his tail, at his horns--all of them the produce of your imagination!