Voltaire Quotes

Voltaire Quotes

Fran├žois-Marie Arouet or popularly known as the Voltaire was French enlightenment writer, poet, historian, and philosopher. He was notoriously famous for his wit and his advocacy for civil liberties like freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and free trade. He is one of the several enlightenment figures whose works and ideas influenced the revolutionist of American and French revolutions.

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
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Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
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Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
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We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.
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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.
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Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
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This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
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To hold a pen is to be at war.
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To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
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Business is the salt of life.
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Common sense is not so common.
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Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
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He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.
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He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
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Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
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Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion.
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All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
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Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
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I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it.
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I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
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History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
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A witty saying proves nothing.
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How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
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I hate women because they always know where things are.
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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
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By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
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It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
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Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
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Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
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Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
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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.
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There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
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We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
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It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
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Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.
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Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
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It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
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Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
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The secret of being a bore… is to tell everything.
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What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.
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Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
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It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
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Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.
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Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
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The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
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We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
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Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
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Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
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Tears are the silent language of grief.
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My life is a struggle.
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The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
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The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
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Injustice in the end produces independence.
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The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
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In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
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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.
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The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
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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.
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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
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When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
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Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
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Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.
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Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
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