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Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
by Voltaire

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

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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire

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

 

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

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

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
- Voltaire

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Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

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

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

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
- Voltaire

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

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.
- Voltaire

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.
- Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire

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

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

It is dangerous to be right in matters
on which the established authorities are wrong.
- Voltaire

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

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

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to
have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
- Voltaire

Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors;
but they are seldom or ever inventors.
- Voltaire

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
- Voltaire

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.
- Voltaire

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast,
that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere:
They only live who dare.
- Voltaire

Paradise was made for tender hearts;
hell,
for loveless hearts.
- Voltaire

He was a great patriot, a humanitarian,
a loyal friend; provided, of course,
he really is dead.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice,
and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
- Voltaire

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.
- Voltaire

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

Nature has always had more force than education.
- Voltaire

Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
- Voltaire

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
- Voltaire

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
- Voltaire

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

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.
- Voltaire

It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.
- Voltaire

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

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

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
- Voltaire

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
- Voltaire

All murderers are punished unless they kill in large
numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

When he to whom one speaks does not understand,
and he who speaks himself does not understand,
that is metaphysics.
- Voltaire

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
- Voltaire

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

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

He who has not the spirit of this age,
has all the misery of it.
- Voltaire

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

We cannot wish for that we know not.
- Voltaire

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

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

Weakness on both sides is, as we know,
the motto of all quarrels.
- Voltaire

Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are
they who repent the soonest.
- Voltaire

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

Business is the salt of life.
- Voltaire

Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage.
I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
- Voltaire

The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy,
nor Roman, nor an Empire.
- Voltaire

The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
- Voltaire

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

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
- Voltaire

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


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