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Voltaire Quotes
Sad Quotes by Voltaire

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

Related topics: Cynical Wisdom

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

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



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The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
- Voltaire

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

Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Better is the enemy of good.
- 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 mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
- Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
- Voltaire

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

Time, which alone makes the reputation of men,
ends by making their defects respectable.
- 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 ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces,
but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
- 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

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

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

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

The first step, my son, which one makes in the world,
is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
- Voltaire

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

Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
- 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

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

The best is the enemy of the good.
- Voltaire

Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.
- Voltaire

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
- Voltaire

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

We cannot wish for that we know not.
- Voltaire

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

We are rarely proud when we are alone.
- Voltaire

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

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

In the case of news, we should always wait for the
sacrament of confirmation.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue,
at our peril, risk and hazard.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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


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