Voltaire Quotes

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Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.

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Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

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

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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.

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

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

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Common sense is not so common.

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Clever tyrants are never punished.

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Chance is a word void of sense

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Business is the salt of life.

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Fear follows crime and is its punishment.

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

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The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast

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The ear is the avenue to the heart.

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

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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

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The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.

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The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

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The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

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Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.

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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.

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

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The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.

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The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

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

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

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The public is a ferocious beast

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The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

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The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

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Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share

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

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

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Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound.

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Paradise was made for tender hearts

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Perfection is attained by slow degrees

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Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

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

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Society therefore is an ancient as the world.

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The best is the enemy of the good.

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Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.

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Tears are the silent language of grief.

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

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