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Voltaire Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

 

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

The more I read, the more I meditate;
and the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
- 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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The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire

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

We are rarely proud when we are alone.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

Tears are the silent language of grief.
- Voltaire

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

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

He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.
- Voltaire

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit
that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the
barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
- Voltaire

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

We cannot wish for that we know not.
- Voltaire

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

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
- Voltaire

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

The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
- Voltaire

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

The ear is the avenue to the heart.
- Voltaire

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.
- Voltaire

There are truths which are not for all men,
nor for all times.
- Voltaire

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient
while nature cures the disease.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Voltaire

History should be written as philosophy.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
- Voltaire


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