Animals have…

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts law suits over their wills.

— Voltaire, French author/philosopher.

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François-Marie Arouet (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa ma.ʁi aʁ.wɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (pronounced: [vɔl.tɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works.

He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate, despite strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those who broke them.[clarification needed] As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

– Wikipedia

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21 thoughts on “Animals have…

  1. He forgot that humans are animals, too. 😛

  2. And animals cannot choose to explore the depths of their inner essence. An animal cannot aspire to the upper dimensions of existence. The potential unifying force of the Human Species is unparalleled. No other aspect of Creation is gifted with such potential.

    • Being a human animal does have its advantages, after all, ‘man is the only animal that both laughs and cries’! 😀

      • Well….that’s an interesting thought. I ran into a dolphin when scuba diving some years ago. I’m pretty sure it was laughing at me 😉 And dolphins have been known to shed a tear. Of course, that could just be my perception.

      • Really? Wow. I’ve never heard that. I know they an intelligent specie (“Goodbye and thanks for all the fish’ – Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), the laughing sounds reasonable (they look like they are) but crying…

  3. “they never hear the clock strike”
    That darn clock! Ruins everything. Racing against it now to finish my READER ROUNDS!
    Five minutes later and you would have been out of luck with a comment from me. Lucky U. 🙂

  4. Makes me wish I had the simple life of an animal…

  5. My dog’s name is Voltaire, so I especially love this post! How funny is that? He certainly loves his life and is always happy. Sometimes higher intelligence can really complicate uncomplicated life. If we all just focus on now, and love without expectation I think we would be happier. I try to learn from them. I wouldn’t mind coming back as my dog if there is such a thing as reincarnation haha! 🙂

  6. His quote should teach us how to live… Thank you, Gita!

  7. Then Voltaire contradicted himself.

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