Quotation by Voltaire

Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher, author. "On the Pensées of Pascal," letter 18, Letters on England (1732).

Note to Pascal's aphorism no. 358 (numbered 52 by Voltaire): "Man is neither angel nor brute, and the pity of it is that he who wants to play the angel acts the brute."
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