Voltaire Quotes

It is new fancy rathert than taste which produces so many new fashions.
All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
'That is indisputable,' was the answer, 'but in this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.'
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
A witty saying proves nothing.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
All sects are different, because they come from men morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
Anything too stupid to be said is sung.
Prejudice is opinion without judgement.
Men are equal it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
Regimen is superior to medicine.
Love truth, and pardon error.
Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
It is forbidden to kill therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Use, do not abuse neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.
The way to become boring is to say everything.
Work saves us from three great evils boredom, vice and need.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
You despise books you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.
When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.
The secret of being boring is to say everything.
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