Candide - Voltaire
In 1759, a vitriolic Frenchman known as Voltaire (1694-1778) wrote Candide. It was written in retaliation against the tenets of the then-eminent German philosopher Leibniz, who claimed that mankind lives in the best of possible worlds.
Voltaire offers his satirical view of society and nobility in Candide. The novel was published in 1759, and it is often considered the author's most important work--representative of The Enlightenment. Here are a few quotes from Candide.
Candide is the novels for which Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) is best remembered. It's a satire and adventure novel, with Candide as the protagonist and an anonymous narrator. The book has been controversial and banned for religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility.