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The more I read, the more I meditate;
by Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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Common sense is not so common.
- 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

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

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

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

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

To hold a pen is to be at war.
- Voltaire

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue;
they support the laws before destroying them.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to
get along with those who do not possess it.
- Voltaire

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

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

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
- Voltaire

I have never made but one prayer to God,
a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous."
And God granted it.
- Voltaire

I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.
- Voltaire

I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

The best is the enemy of the good.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
- Voltaire

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces,
but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

Tears are the silent language of grief.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work.
We must feel and be affected by it.
- Voltaire

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this
watch exists and has no watchmaker.
- Voltaire

The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

Injustice in the end produces independence.
- 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

Woe to the makers of literal translations,
who by rendering every word weaken the meaning!
It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter
kills and the spirit gives life.
- Voltaire

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


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