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Best Voltaire quotes

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

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Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

  • answers

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

  • power

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.

  • future



He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

  • Wisdom

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

  • amusing

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

  • caused

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

  • Guilt

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.

  • Superstition

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

  • Speech

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

  • conquer

The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.

  • Punishment

He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.

  • Bravery

Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.

  • Questions

My life is a battle.

  • Life

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.

  • satire

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong

  • Argument

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

  • Prejudice

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

  • war

The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.

  • Philosophy

Tears are the silent language of grief.

  • Crying

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.

  • Freedom

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

  • Government

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

  • Problems

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

  • afraid

L'homme est libre au moment qu'il veut l'être.

  • inspirational

You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.

  • Evil

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

  • Friends

Common sense is not so common.

  • Coffee

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.

  • Questions


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

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


The best is the enemy of good. - Voltaire

The best is the enemy of good.


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

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


Common sense is not so common. - Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.


Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. - Voltaire

Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.


Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? - Voltaire

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.


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

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


We must cultivate our own garden. - Voltaire

We must cultivate our own garden.


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

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


I've decided to be happy because it is good for my health. - Voltaire

I've decided to be happy because it is good for my health.


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. - Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.


To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. - Voltaire

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Voltaire quotes about god

What are the best god quotations by Voltaire?

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

  • afraid

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

  • God

God is a comic, playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.

  • God

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

  • birthday

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

  • absurd

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

  • drinking

God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.

  • God

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

  • God

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

  • god

God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.

  • God

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.

  • abode

The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.

  • discovers

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

  • god

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

  • created

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Voltaire quotes about life

What are the best life quotations by Voltaire?

My life is a battle.

  • Life

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

  • birthday

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

  • Life

My life is a struggle.

  • life

Business is the salt of life.

  • business

Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.

  • endurable

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

  • dwell

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. (Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)

  • enmity

I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.

  • born

The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

  • against

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Voltaire quotes about power

What are the best power quotations by Voltaire?

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

  • power

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

  • lost

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

  • dwell

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

  • anyone

What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.

  • admit

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

  • faith

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Voltaire quotes about first

What are the best first quotations by Voltaire?

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.

  • errors

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.

  • consequence

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

  • first

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

  • eclipsed

The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.

  • days

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Voltaire quotes about books

What are the best books quotations by Voltaire?

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.

  • books

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.

  • books

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

  • books

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.

  • becomes

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

  • books

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Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

  • Relaxation

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

  • astrology

All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.

  • Equality

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.

  • Evil



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

  • Manners

Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

  • Certainty

A witty saying proves nothing.

  • Conversation

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

  • God

We are rarely proud when we are alone.

  • Solitude

To hold a pen is to be at war.

  • hold

God is a comic, playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.

  • God

Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.

  • Innovation

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

  • condemn

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.

  • Age

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.

  • Creation

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.

  • Doctors

Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.

  • Satire

They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.

  • Thought

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.

  • Adventure

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

  • Ancestry

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.

  • Doubt

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

  • Money

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

  • Singing

Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.

  • Work

I hate women because they always know where things are.

  • hate

Better is the enemy of good.

  • enemy

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

  • agree

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

  • birthday

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.

  • books

In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.

  • Enemy

In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

  • News

The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it.

  • People

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.

  • Reason

One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.

  • CowardiceWeakness

Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.

  • Fate

The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.

  • Freedom

We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.

  • Manners

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.

  • Patience

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.

  • Philosophy

Paradise is Where I Am.

  • Serenity

I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.

  • Service

Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.

  • Truth

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

  • guilty

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

  • Death

Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.

  • Exaggeration

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

  • Government

Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.

  • Laziness

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

  • Life

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

  • Marriage

Work is often the father of pleasure.

  • Pleasure

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

  • Pride

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

  • Reason

To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.

  • Truth

Work keeps at bay, three great evils -- boredom, vice and need.

  • Work

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

  • awareness

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.

  • Character

I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.

  • DeceptionLying

The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.

  • Opinion

Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.

  • Pleasure

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

  • Reading

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

  • Superstition

In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.

  • admiral

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

  • absurd

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.

  • another

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

  • another

My life is a struggle.

  • life

Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

  • Animals

Men argue, nature acts.

  • Argument

Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.

  • Argument

You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.

  • Authors

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.

  • Boredom

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.

  • Conformity

I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.

  • Doctors

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

  • Freedom

Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.

  • Greed

History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.

  • History

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

  • Medicine

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.

  • Mistakes

The superfluous is very necessary.

  • Necessity

Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.

  • Passion

It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.

  • Poetry

Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.

  • Poetry

The discover of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy.

  • Practice

My prayer to God is a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous! God has granted it.

  • Prayer

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.

  • Reading

Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.

  • Reform

Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.

  • Revolution

It is only through timidity that states are lost.

  • Shyness

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.

  • Translation

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

  • ancestors

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

  • attained

Nature has always had more force than education.

  • education

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

  • drinking

Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal.

  • exquisite

What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.

  • Fame

It is new fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.

  • Fashion

God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.

  • God

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

  • God

I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.

  • Law

How I like the boldness of the English, how I like the people who say what they think!

  • Nation

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.

  • Sex

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

  • Surprise

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

  • christian

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

  • age

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

  • patriotism

Business is the salt of life.

  • business

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

  • hide

Dare to think for yourself.

  • freedom

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.

  • Appreciation

Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.

  • Assumptions

The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities is an enthusiast; the man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic.

  • Fanaticism

Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.

  • Government

The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.

  • Honesty

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.

  • Hope

'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.'

  • Literary

We owe respect to the living. To the dead we owe only truth.

  • Respect

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

  • Retirement

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

  • Taxation

Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.

  • Virtue

Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.

  • endurable

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When Voltaire was born? Voltaire was born on November 21, 1694.

Who is Voltaire? Voltaire biography. 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.Voltaire was a prolific writer, and produced works in almost every literary form, authoring plays, poetry, novels, essays, historical and scientific works, over 20,000 letters and over two thousand books and pamphlets.He was an outspoken supporter of social reform despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. A satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize Catholic Church dogma and the French institutions of his day.Voltaire is remembered and honored in France as a courageous polemicist who indefatigably fought for civil rights – the right to a fair trial and freedom of religion – and who denounced the hypocrisies and injustices of the ancien régime. The ancien régime involved an unfair balance of power and taxes between the First Estate (the clergy), the Second Estate (the nobles), and the Third Estate (the commoners and middle class, who were burdened with most of the taxes).Taken in part from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire

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