Who is Voltaire ?
François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade.
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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
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Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
The best is the enemy of good.
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
I disapprove of what you say, but
I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
Judge a person
by their questions, rather than their answers.
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.
Common sense is not so common.
Quotes 271 sayings Nationality French Profession Writer Birthday November 21, 1694
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.
God is a comedian, playing
to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Tears are the silent language of grief.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
My life is a battle.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
It is forbidden to kill;
therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
It is proved...that things cannot be other than they are, for since everything was made for a purpose, it follows that everything is made for the best purpose.
The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most
important objects of philosophy.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
Common sense is not so common.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
L'homme est libre au moment qu'il veut l'être.
He must be very ignorant for he
answers every question he is asked.
God is a comic, playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.
As long as people
believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
Doubt is not a pleasant mental
state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.
A witty saying proves nothing.
You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.
Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives;
very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Work banishes those three
great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
It is better to risk
saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
They use thought only to
justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.
To hold a pen is to be at war.
Doctors are men
who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.