Voltaire Quotes

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

By: 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... view

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

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The superfluous, a very necessary thing... view

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

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We never live.. view

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The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything... view

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We are all full of weakness and errors.. view

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We are rarely proud when we are alone... view

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We cannot always oblige.. view

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We cannot wish for that we know not... view

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

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Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors.. view

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We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved... view

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Use, do not abuse.. view

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

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What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error.. view

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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... view

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

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

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

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Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life... view

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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... view

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

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One great use of words is to hide our thoughts... view

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The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it... view

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

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

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

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

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

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This self-love is the instrument of our preservation.. view

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

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

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

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To hold a pen is to be at war... view

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

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

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To the wicked, everything serves as pretext... view

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Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue.. view

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

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

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