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It is new fancy rathert than taste which produces so many new fashions.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

Voltaire

'That is indisputable,' was the answer, 'but in this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.'

Voltaire

We are rarely proud when we are alone.

Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.

Voltaire

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

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

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

Voltaire

All sects are different, because they come from men morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.

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

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 an absurd one.

Voltaire

Anything too stupid to be said is sung.

Voltaire

Prejudice is opinion without judgement.

Voltaire

Men are equal it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

Voltaire

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

Voltaire

Regimen is superior to medicine.

Voltaire

Love truth, and pardon error.

Voltaire

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

Voltaire

There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.

Voltaire

The way to become boring is to say everything.

Voltaire

Work saves us from three great evils boredom, vice and need.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

You despise books you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

Voltaire

The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.

Voltaire

When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

Voltaire

This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

Voltaire

The secret of being boring is to say everything.

Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him. But all nature cries aloud that He does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Needless to say since Christ's expiation not one single Christian has been known to sin, or die.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

History is fables agreed upon.

Francois Marie Arouet 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.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Love truth but pardon error.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres. (In this country England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. from Candide)

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Love truth, but pardon error.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Philosopher A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Right now I think censorship is necessary the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

There has never been a perfect government, because men have passions and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for government.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Really, to stop criticism, they say, one must die.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace, and death a duty.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

The secret of being boring is to tell everything.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

It is not enough to conquer one must learn to seduce.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

To hold a pen is to be at war.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

If this world were what it seems it should be, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Change everything except your loves.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Better is the enemy of good.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Only now did I become throughly acquainted with the seducer of our people. It is not the inequality which is the real misfortune, it is the dependance.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think the work is the product of a drunken savage's imagination.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

The superfluous is very necessary.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

In this country England it is well to kill from time to time an admiral to encourage the others.

Francois Marie Arouet 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.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

I may not believe in what you say, but I will die for your right to do so.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

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

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Le sens commun n'est pas si commun (Common sense is not so common)

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire



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