Fake Quotes Project/Voltaire/I have chosen to be happy
The Fake Quote Project confirms Voltaire did say, in a letter April 17 1761, to the Abbe Trublet: "Ayant fait réflexion, depuis quelques années, qu'on ne gagnoit rien à être bon homme, je me suis mis à être un peu gai, parce qu'on m'a dit que cela est bon pour la santé." Roughly, "After having reflected for some years that you get little being this way, I've begun to be a bit cheerful because I've been told it's good for your health."
The Decipherment of Hieroglyphs - Hieroglyphs dominated the landscape of the Egyptian civilisation. These elaborate symbols were ideal for inscriptions on the walls of majestic temples and monuments, and indeed the Greek word hieroglyphica means 'sacred carvings'. Then, towards the end of the fourth century AD, within a generation, the Egyptian scripts vanished. The rise of Christianity was responsible for the extinction of Egyptian scripts to eradicate any link of Egypt's pagan's past.