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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  15. My life is a battle.


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


  17. A long dispute means that both parties are wrong


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


  19. Tears are the silent language of grief.


  20. 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.


  21. Prejudices are what fools use for reason.


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


  23. No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.


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


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


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


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

    • questions

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


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


  30. Common sense is not so common.




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  1. Picture quote by Voltaire about doubt

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


  2. Picture quote by Voltaire about good

    The best is the enemy of good.


  3. Picture quote by Voltaire about judgement

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


  4. Picture quote by Voltaire about sense

    Common sense is not so common.


  5. Picture quote by Voltaire about judge

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


  6. Picture quote by Voltaire about wisdom

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


  7. Picture quote by Voltaire about expression

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


  8. Picture quote by Voltaire about truth

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


  9. Picture quote by Voltaire about mind

    We must cultivate our own garden.


  10. Picture quote by Voltaire about believe

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


  11. Picture quote by Voltaire about happy

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


  12. Picture quote by Voltaire about right

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


  13. Picture quote by Voltaire about people

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


  14. Picture quote by Voltaire about wisdom

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


  15. Picture quote by Voltaire about decision

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


  16. Picture quote by Voltaire about wisdom

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


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About Voltaire

Name Voltaire
About François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, p
Quotes 271 quotes
Nationality French
Profession Writer
Birthday November 21, 1694
Top topics life, religion, philosophy, freedom, work

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What are the best life quotes by Voltaire?


  1. My life is a battle.

    • life

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


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

    • life

  4. My life is a struggle.

    • life

  5. Business is the salt of life.


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


  7. 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.


  8. 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)


  9. 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.


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


  11. 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.

    • life

  12. Religion was instituted to make us happy in this life and in the other. What must we do to be happy in the life to come? Be just.

    • life

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What are the best religion quotes by Voltaire?


  1. 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

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


  3. 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

  4. The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.


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


  6. Such is the feebleness of humanity, such is its perversity, that doubtless it is better for it to be subject to all possible superstitions, as long as they are not murderous, than to live without religion.

    • religion

  7. Religion was instituted to make us happy in this life and in the other. What must we do to be happy in the life to come? Be just.

    • life

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

    • religion

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What are the best philosophy quotes by Voltaire?


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

    • philosophy

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

    • inspirational

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

    • philosophy

  4. When he to whom a person speaks does not understand, and he who speaks does not understand himself, that is metaphysics.

    • philosophy

  5. When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.

    • philosophy

  6. History should be written as philosophy.


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What are the best freedom quotes by Voltaire?


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

    • speech

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

    • freedom

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

    • freedom

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

    • freedom

  5. Dare to think for yourself.

    • freedom

  6. Liberty, then, about which so many volumes have been written is, when accurately defined, only the power of acting.

    • freedom

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What are the best work quotes by Voltaire?


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


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

    • work

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

    • endurable

  4. 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.


  5. The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.


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


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


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


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


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


A witty saying proves nothing.


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

  • evil

To hold a pen is to be at war.


We are rarely proud when we are alone.


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

  • god

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


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.


Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.


Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.


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


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


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

  • work

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.


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


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


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


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


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

  • satire

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


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.


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


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


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


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

  • birthday

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


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


Better is the enemy of good.

  • enemy

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


I hate women because they always know where things are.


Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.


Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.


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


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

  • work

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


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

  • freedom

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

  • reason

Paradise is Where I Am.


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


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


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


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


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

  • philosophy

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

  • manners

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.


Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.


To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.

  • truth

Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.


Work is often the father of pleasure.


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

  • life

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


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


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

  • government

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


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

  • pleasure

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


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


My life is a struggle.

  • life

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


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


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


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

  • superstition

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.


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

  • argument

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

  • another

It is only through timidity that states are lost.


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


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


Men argue, nature acts.

  • argument

Nature has always had more force than education.


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

  • history

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.


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.


Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

  • freedom

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.


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


The superfluous is very necessary.


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


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

  • reading

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

  • poetry

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


Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.


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.


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


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


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


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

  • doctors

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


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

  • god

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


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.


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


One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.


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


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


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


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

  • god

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.


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


Business is the salt of life.

  • business

Dare to think for yourself.

  • freedom

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


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

  • age

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


Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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

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

  • endurable

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


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

  • god

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

  • appreciation

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.


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