Voltaire quotes

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Love truth, but pardon error.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire quotes

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. Voltaire

The ear is the avenue to the heart.

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.

Common sense is not so common. Voltaire

‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. Voltaire

The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

Writing is the painting of the voice. Voltaire

Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.

To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. Voltaire

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire

Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.

Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.

Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too. Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire

I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid

Than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away? Voltaire

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.

The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire. Voltaire

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire

It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. Voltaire

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.

Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire

Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.

Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. Voltaire

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.

No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for.

It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest. Voltaire

Dare to think for yourself. Voltaire

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.

Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.

Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies.(Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan.) Voltaire

God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

My life is a struggle.

The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. Voltaire

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.

The best is the enemy of the good.

The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. Voltaire quotes

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid – one must also be well-mannered.

He mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. Voltaire

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. Voltaire

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one. Voltaire

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.

Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice.

One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. Voltaire

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature. Voltaire

Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it. Voltaire

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. Voltaire

Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.

The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third

If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Voltaire

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

History never repeats itself. Man always does.

Better is the enemy of good. Voltaire – Famous Voltaire quotes

Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road. Voltaire

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.

Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal. Voltaire

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. Voltaire

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.

It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. Voltaire

You’re a bitter man,” said Candide.

That’s because I’ve lived,” said Martin. Voltaire

He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.

Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. Voltaire

Optimism,” said Cacambo, “What is that?” “Alas!” replied Candide, “It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst. Voltaire

Paradise is where I am.

The superfluous, a very necessary thing. Voltaire

Let us cultivate our garden. Voltaire

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.

The infinitely small have a pride infinitely great.

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