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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

We cannot wish for that we know not.
- Voltaire

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

Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
- Voltaire

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

Business is the salt of life.
- Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire

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

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

I have only ever made one prayer to God,
a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.
And God granted it.
- Voltaire

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
- 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

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

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

The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day,
and of doing good once in a year.
- Voltaire

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.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

It is not love that should be depicted as blind,
but self-love.
- Voltaire

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

I hate women because they always know where things are.
- Voltaire

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

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
- Voltaire

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue,
at our peril, risk and hazard.
- Voltaire

Nature has always had more force than education.
- Voltaire

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

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

Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
- Voltaire

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
- Voltaire

The best is the enemy of the good.
- 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

The ear is the avenue to the heart.
- Voltaire

Injustice in the end produces independence.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
- Voltaire

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

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

The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
- Voltaire

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
- Voltaire


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