Throughout his life, Voltaire was influenced by the writings of Shakespeare, John Locke and Isaac Newton.
In his 20's, Voltaire was forced to be an assistant to a lawyer but spent most of his time writing literature.
Voltaire's brain was also preserved but over the course of 100 years and numerous auctions, it has been lost.
Voltaire's heart was removed and preserved and is now situated in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
In 1814, a group of right wing religious ultras stole Voltaire's body and dumped it in a garbage heap. His body was not noticed to be missing for another 50 years.
In 1791, Voltaire was finally buried in the Pantheon in Paris.
Voltaire was denied burial in church grounds due to his criticisms of the church.
When he was 83, Voltaire had a hero's welcome in Paris but the excitement was to overwhelming and he died shortly after in Paris.
In 1759, Voltaire purchased an estate on the French-Swiss border where he lived until his death.
By 1734, Voltaire was allowed to return to France. However, that same year, he was once again exiled for writing a book praising England's customs and institutions. The French believed that he was criticizing their government and exiled him again.
In 1726, Voltaire was exiled from France for insulting Chevalier De Rohan, a very powerful and young nobleman.
In 1717, Voltaire was imprisoned for 11 months for writing a satire about the French Government.
Voltaire is considered one of France's greatest writers and philosophers.
His father was Francois Arouet and his mother was Marie Marguerite D'Aunard.
He adopted the name "Voltaire" in 1718 which is an anagram for the spelling of his latin name: Arovet.
Voltaire's father wanted him to study law and not write literature.
Voltaire was fluent in English, Latin, Greek, Spanish and Italian.
Voltaire was imprisoned for 11 months in the Bastille for writing a satire about the French government.
Voltaire went to a Jesuit college in Paris called Louis-le-Grande.