If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

— Voltaire

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The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else's eyes.


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


Give me the patience for the small things of life, courage for the great trials of life. Help me to do my best each day and then go to sleep knowing God is awake.

Voltaire quote Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but

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


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.


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


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

Voltaire quote The best is the enemy of good.

The best is the enemy of good.


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


When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.


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

Voltaire quote It is better to risk saving a guilty per

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


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


The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.


It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.

Voltaire quote Common sense is not so common.

Common sense is not so common.


About Voltaire

Quotes 756 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Writer
Birthday November 21, 1694

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.


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


Dont think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.

Voltaire quote Judge a person by their questions, rathe

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


God created sex. Priests created marriage.


Democracy is just a filler for textbooks! Do you actually believe that public opinion influences the government?


Everything you say should be true, but not everything true should be said.

Voltaire quote Is there anyone so wise as to learn by t

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


The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.


The darkness is at its deepest. Just before the sunrise.


Common sense is not so common.


Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.


So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.


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


The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us


Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.


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.


Dare to think for yourself.


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


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


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


If there’s life on other planets, then the earth is the Universe’s insane asylum.


We are all guilty of the good we did not do


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


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


What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?


Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.


Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am.


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


No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.


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


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


I hate women because they always know where things are.


No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for.


Every man can educate himself. It's shameful to put one's mind into the hands of those whom you wouldn't entrust with your money. Dare to think for yourself.


Beware of the words "internal security," for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor.


A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do.


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


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.