Voltaire Quotes

Injustice in the end produces independence... view

By: Voltaire

I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow... view

By: Voltaire

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

By: Voltaire

I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it... view

By: Voltaire

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil... view

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I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms... view

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

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

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

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

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Illusion is the first of all pleasures... view

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In every author let us distinguish the man from his works... view

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In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another... view

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

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

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Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes... view

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

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

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

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

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Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent... view

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God gave us the gift of life.. view

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

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

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I hate women because they always know where things are... view

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

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

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He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first... view

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He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend.. view

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

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

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History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes... view

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History should be written as philosophy... view

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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... view

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Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers... view

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Nature has always had more force than education... view

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

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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... view

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

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Man is free at the moment he wishes to be... view

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

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

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