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Voltaire – 92 Quotes

 

92 Quotes by Voltaire

 

Better is the enemy of good.

– Voltaire


Business is the salt of life.

– Voltaire


Common sense is not so common.

– Voltaire


To hold a pen is to be at war.

– Voltaire


The best is the enemy of the good.

– Voltaire


We are rarely proud when we are alone.

– Voltaire


Tears are the silent language of grief.

– Voltaire


History should be written as philosophy.

– Voltaire


The superfluous, a very necessary thing.

– Voltaire


Fear follows crime and is its punishment.

– Voltaire


All styles are good except the tiresome kind.

– Voltaire


Society therefore is an ancient as the world.

– Voltaire


One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

– Voltaire


Nature has always had more force than education.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.

– Voltaire


I hate women because they always know where things are.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

– Voltaire


The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– Voltaire


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

– 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


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

– 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


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

– 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


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

– Voltaire


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

– 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

– 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


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


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


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


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


What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.

– Voltaire


The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.

– Voltaire


The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.

– Voltaire


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