Best of All Possible Worlds

Pangloss taught metaphysico-theologo-cosmolonigology. He proved admirably that there is no effect without a cause and that in this best of all possible worlds, My Lord the Baron’s castle is the best of castles and his wife the best of all possible Baronesses. “‘Tis demonstrated,” he said, “that things cannot be otherwise; for since everything is made for an end, everything is necessarily for the best end. …”

“Well! my dear Pangloss,” said Candide, “when you were hanged, dissected, stunned with blows and made to row in the galleys, did you always think that everything was for the best in this world?”
“I am still of my first opinion,” replied Pangloss, “for after all I am a philosopher; and it would be unbecoming for me to recant, since Leibnitz could not be in the wrong and pre-established harmony is the finest thing imaginable like the plenum and subtle matter.”

— Voltaire, Candide


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