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Quote #10

"Well, my dear Pangloss," said Candide to him, "when you had been hanged, dissected, whipped, and were tugging at the oar, did you always think that everything happens for the best?"

"I am still of my first opinion," answered Pangloss, "for I am a philosopher and I cannot retract, especially as Leibniz could never be wrong; and besides, the pre-established harmony is the finest thing in the world, and so is his plenum and materia subtilis." (28.5)

Pangloss, despite all he has experienced, clings to his ludicrous philosophy.

Quote #11

Pangloss sometimes said to Candide:

"There is a concatenation of events in this best of all possible worlds: for if you had not been kicked out of a magnificent castle for love of Miss Cunégonde: if you had not been put into the Inquisition: if you had not walked over America: if you had not stabbéd the Baron: if you had not lost all your sheep from the fine country of El Dorado: you would not be here eating preserved citrons and pistachio-nuts."

"All that is very well," answered Candide, "but let us cultivate our garden." (30.29-31)

Candide, worn by Pangloss’s philosophizing, at last dismisses philosophizing in favor of living life.

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