Voltaire Quotes

François-Marie Arouet, a prominent figure of the French Enlightenment, excelled as a writer, philosopher, satirist, and historian. Recognized under the pseudonym M. de Voltaire, he gained renown for his sharp wit and his critiques, notably directed towards Christianity, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, and the institution of slavery. Wikipedia

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ~ Voltaire

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” ~ Voltaire

“Dare to think for yourself.” ~ Voltaire

“God created sex. Priests created marriage.” ~ Voltaire

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

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.” ~ Voltaire

“There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.” ~ Voltaire

“What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on…” ~ Voltaire

“Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice.” ~ Voltaire

“The instinct of a man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him.” ~ Voltaire

“Man is not born wicked; he becomes so, as he becomes sick.” ~ Voltaire

“Common sense is not so common.” ~ Voltaire

“If God did not exist, He would have to be invented. But all nature cries aloud that he does exist: that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.” ~ Voltaire

“Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.” ~ Voltaire

“Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.” ~ Voltaire

“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.” ~ Voltaire

“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.” ~ Voltaire

“God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.” ~ Voltaire

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

“Tears are the silent language of grief.” ~ Voltaire

“History is the lie commonly agreed upon.” ~ Voltaire

“We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.” ~ Voltaire

“History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.” ~ Voltaire

“The best is the enemy of the good.” ~ Voltaire

“Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.” ~ Voltaire

“The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.” ~ Voltaire

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” ~ Voltaire

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.” ~ Voltaire

“Language is a very difficult thing to put into words.” ~ Voltaire

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

“Doctors put drugs of which they know little into bodies of which they know less for diseases of which they know nothing at all.” ~ Voltaire

“To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid – one must also be well-mannered.” ~ Voltaire

“We’re neither pure, nor wise, nor good; we do the best we know.” ~ Voltaire

“Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.” ~ Voltaire

“I have chosen to be happy because it is goo for my health.” ~ Voltaire

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ~ Voltaire

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.” ~ Voltaire

“Constant happiness is the philosopher’s stone of the soul.” ~ Voltaire

“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.” ~ Voltaire

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

“God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.” ~ Voltaire

“Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.” ~ Voltaire

“When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.” ~ Voltaire

“We adore, we invoke, we seek to appease, only that which we fear.” ~ Voltaire

“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us” ~ Voltaire

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.” ~ Voltaire

“To enjoy life we must touch much of it lightly.” ~ Voltaire

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” ~ Voltaire

“The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech.” ~ Voltaire

“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.” ~ Voltaire

“The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.” ~ Voltaire

“All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.” ~ Voltaire

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~ Voltaire

“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” ~ Voltaire

“If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.” ~ Voltaire

“Where some states possess an army, the Prussian Army possesses a state.” ~ Voltaire

“Men argue. Nature acts.” ~ Voltaire

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” ~ Voltaire

“The composition of a tragedy requires testicles.” ~ Voltaire

“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” ~ Voltaire

“Life is a shipwreck but we must remember to sing in the lifeboats.” ~ Voltaire

“I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.” ~ Voltaire

“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.” ~ Voltaire

“My life is a struggle.” ~ Voltaire

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” ~ Voltaire

“Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion.” ~ Voltaire

“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” ~ Voltaire

“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.” ~ Voltaire

“If there’s life on other planets, then the earth is the Universe’s insane asylum.” ~ Voltaire

“Let us cultivate our garden.” ~ Voltaire

“It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.” ~ Voltaire

“The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.” ~ Voltaire

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~ Voltaire

“May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.” ~ Voltaire

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

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” ~ Voltaire

“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?” ~ Voltaire

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

“Everything you say should be true, but not everything true should be said.” ~ Voltaire

“One should always aim at being interesting, rather than exact.” ~ Voltaire

“It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.” ~ Voltaire

“A witty saying proves nothing, but saying something pointless gets people’s attention.” ~ Voltaire

“Give me the patience for the small things of life, courage for the great trials of life. Help me to do my best each day and then go to sleep knowing God is awake.” ~ Voltaire

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” ~ Voltaire

“History consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions.” ~ Voltaire

“God created woman to tame man.” ~ Voltaire

“I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganges, astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis, etc…” ~ Voltaire

“A witty saying proves nothing.” ~ Voltaire

“Why are the Jews hated? It is the inevitable result of their laws; they either have to conquer everybody or be hated by the whole human race…” ~ Voltaire

“Prejudice is opinion without judgement.” ~ Voltaire

“The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.” ~ Voltaire

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” ~ Voltaire

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” ~ Voltaire

“Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am.” ~ Voltaire

“Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.” ~ Voltaire

“Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.” ~ Voltaire

“Paradise is where I am.” ~ Voltaire

“History never repeats itself. Man always does.” ~ Voltaire

“Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.” ~ Voltaire

“A long dispute means both parties are wrong.” ~ Voltaire

“Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” ~ Voltaire

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

“The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.” ~ Voltaire

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.” ~ Voltaire

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.” ~ Voltaire

“Writing is the painting of the voice.” ~ Voltaire

“Love truth, but pardon error.” ~ Voltaire

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