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by Voltaire

Candide Religion Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph) We used the translation found on Project Gutenberg.

Quote #1

"My friend," said the orator to him, "do you believe the Pope to be Anti-Christ?"

"I have not heard it," answered Candide; "but whether he be, or whether he be not, I want bread."

"Thou dost not deserve to eat," said the other. "Begone, rogue; begone, wretch; do not come near me again." (3.8-11)

Displeased with Candide’s religious indifference, the protestant minister who had just preached charity refuses to give him a meal.

Quote #2

The orator's wife, putting her head out of the window, and spying a man that doubted whether the Pope was Anti-Christ, poured over him a full.... Oh, heavens! to what excess does religious zeal carry the ladies. (3.12)

Driven by religious zeal and an uncharitable spirit, the minister’s wife dumps human waste on Candide’s head.

Quote #3

A man who had never been christened, a good Anabaptist, named James, beheld the cruel and ignominious treatment shown to one of his brethren, an unfettered biped with a rational soul, he took him home, cleaned him, gave him bread and beer, presented him with two florins, and even wished to teach him the manufacture of Persian stuffs which they make in Holland. (3.13)

The Anabaptist offers Candide assistance without considering Candide’s religious status.

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