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The Most Famous Voltaire Quotes




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

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

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

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

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

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

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

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

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

It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.

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

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


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

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.

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

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.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

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

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

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

Fear follows crime and is its punishment.

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.


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

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

We cannot wish for that we know not.

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

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

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.

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

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

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

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

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.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

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.

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

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

Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.

Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.

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

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


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