Quotation by Voltaire

We must cultivate our own garden.... When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher, author. Candide and Pangloss, in Candide, ch. 30, conclusion (1759).

Discusses exchanging the fruits of their experience. This passage is held to encapsulate Voltaire's philosophy of common sense as against the complacency of "optimism." Real name is François Marie Arouet.
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