Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire Quotes

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.
The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.
If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him. But all nature cries aloud that He does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.
A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Needless to say since Christ's expiation not one single Christian has been known to sin, or die.
Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
History is fables agreed upon.
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
Love truth but pardon error.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres. (In this country England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. from Candide)
Love truth, but pardon error.
Philosopher A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth.
One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.
As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.
Right now I think censorship is necessary the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
The progress of the rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
There has never been a perfect government, because men have passions and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for government.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
Really, to stop criticism, they say, one must die.
When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace, and death a duty.
People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it.
God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.
The public is a ferocious beast -- one must either chain it up or flee from it.
No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.
The secret of being boring is to tell everything.
It is not enough to conquer one must learn to seduce.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
To hold a pen is to be at war.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
If this world were what it seems it should be, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.
Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
Change everything except your loves.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.
Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Better is the enemy of good.
Only now did I become throughly acquainted with the seducer of our people. It is not the inequality which is the real misfortune, it is the dependance.
History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think the work is the product of a drunken savage's imagination.
The superfluous is very necessary.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
In this country England it is well to kill from time to time an admiral to encourage the others.
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.
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
I may not believe in what you say, but I will die for your right to do so.
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
Le sens commun n'est pas si commun (Common sense is not so common)
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
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