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"Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman."
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Published in 1759, "Candide" is Voltaire's best-known work, and in it he levels his sharpest criticism against the gentry, their philosophy, the church, and the cruelty of this day. Still read and studied today, the book is one of the defining works of the Enlightenment.
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