Voltaire Quotes


Star I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
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.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
The best way to become boring is to say everything.
The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
All history is little else than a long succession of useless cruelties.
England has forty-two religions and only two sauces.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short on: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.
If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other's throats; but if you have thirty religions, they will dwell in peace.
Common sense is not so common.
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.
Prejudice is the reason of fools.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
To hold a pen is to be at war.
What is not in nature can never be true.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, this is Metaphysics.
We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Chance is a word void of sense, nothing can exist without a cause.
When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
The best is the enemy of the good.
The road to the heart is the ear.
One owes respect to the living, to the dead one owes only truth.
I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.
One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
In this country it is found necessary now and then to put an admiral to death in order to encourage the others.
Everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds.
It is with books as with men - a very small number play a great part, the rest are lost in the multitude.
All men are equal; it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
I envy the animals' two things: their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year
We cannot wish for that we know not.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

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