Kick Start Your French Quote of the week 17 - Fais [...] que les petites différences entre les vêtements qui couvrent nos débiles corps, entre tous nos languages.... Voltaire

Kick Start Your French Quote of the Week 17

Our weekly dose of inspiration with Kick Start Your French Quote of the Week 17 is there again. This week's quote is a powerful one as it reveals who we truly are. It is an emotional appeal and touches upon the hard topic of equality between one another. 

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 Kick Start Your French Quote of the week 17 - Fais que les petites différences entre les vêtements qui couvrent nos débiles corps, entre tous nos languages.... Voltaire

Fais que les petites différences entre les vêtements qui couvrent nos débiles corps, entre tous nos languages insuffisants, entre tous nos usages ridicules, entre toutes nos lois imparfaites, entre toutes nos opinions insensées, entre toutes nos conditions si disproportionnées à nos yeux, et si égales devant toi, que toutes ces petites nuances qui distinguent les atomes appelés hommes ne soient pas des signaux de haine et de persécution!

Voltaire, Traité sur la Tolérance.

May the small differences between the clothes that cover our weak bodies, between all our insufficient languages, between all our ridiculous customs, between all our imperfect laws, between all our foolish opinions, between all our conditions so disproportionate in our eyes, and so equal before you, may there be among all the little nuances that distinguish the atoms, called MEN, not be signs of hatred and persecution!

Voltaire, Treatise on Tolerance.

Living in a capitalist world where materialism plays an important part, many may, at times, feel that they are defined by the things that they possess or the status that they hold and not by who they truly are.

It is very surprising how our weak bodies can become sick at any time without giving us any notice. In such situation, whatever fame or amount of money that we may have, if health is snatched away from us, we might never be able to get it back. No-one can put a price tag on health. Don't get me wrong; Money and fame may be enjoyable and useful. Money for instance, helps us make transactions but cannot define us. 

We tend to often focus on the few differences between each other rather than the many elements that unite us. I am sure that if we honestly look at the actual facts, we will clearly see that we have more things in common with each other than we have that separate us from one another.

This quote is an appeal to stop fighting on the small differences between us. It’s an appeal to look at how similar we are in most important aspects of our lives so that we can finally live as if we all, were the same beings: human beings.

Fais que les petites différences entre les vêtements qui couvrent nos débiles corps, entre tous nos languages insuffisants, entre tous nos usages ridicules, entre toutes nos lois imparfaites, entre toutes nos opinions insensées, entre toutes nos conditions si disproportionnées à nos yeux, et si égales devant toi, ne soient pas des signaux de haine et de persécution! Voltaire.

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May the small differences between the clothes that cover our weak bodies, between all our insufficient languages, between all our ridiculous customs, between all our imperfect laws, between all our foolish opinions, between all our conditions so disproportionate in our eyes, and so equal before you, not be signs of hatred and persecution! Voltaire

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