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It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air,
by 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

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

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

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

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

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Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
- Voltaire

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

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
- Voltaire

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
- Voltaire

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

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture,
their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
- Voltaire

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
- Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire

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

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

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.
- Voltaire

We cannot wish for that we know not.
- Voltaire

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

History should be written as philosophy.
- 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

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

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

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

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

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
- Voltaire

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

The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
- Voltaire

We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and
being silent to be reserved.
- Voltaire

The best is the enemy of the good.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
- Voltaire

My life is a struggle.
- Voltaire

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


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