“Excellently observed,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.” –Voltaire, Candide

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The opening quote is from the end of Voltaire’s novel. After a lot of travelling, suffering and soul-searching, Candide finds solace in the words of a simple, old gardener.

‘You must have a vast and magnificent estate,’ said Candide to the Turk. ‘I have only twenty acres,’ replied the old man; ‘I and my children cultivate them; and our labour preserves us from three great evils: weariness, vice, and want.’ Candide, on his way home, reflected deeply on what the old man had said. ‘This honest Turk,’ he said to Pangloss and Martin, ‘seems to be in a far better place than kings… I also know,’ said Candide, ’that we must cultivate our garden.’ [More]