Memorable Quotes by Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

Better is the enemy of good.

Clever tyrants are never punished.

Common sense is not so common.

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

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.

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

Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion.

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

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

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

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

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.

History should be written as philosophy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

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

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

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

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

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

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

Tears are the silent language of grief.

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

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

To hold a pen is to be at war.

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

We cannot wish for that we know not.

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.

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

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.

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

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.

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