Voltaire quotes and sayings are as still appealing to masses as they were in his time thus widely quoted.

Voltaire was born on November 21, 1694. His real name was François-Marie Arouet. He was a historian, philosopher, and a prolific and versatile French Enlightenment writer. He made use of his work to criticize religious dogma, intolerance, and French institutions. He also advocated freedom of speech, religion, and separation of church and state.


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

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

“‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
Voltaire

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

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

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

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“Common sense is not so common.”
Voltaire

“Love truth, but pardon error.”
Voltaire

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

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

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

“Dare to think for yourself.”
Voltaire

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“Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”
Voltaire

“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”
Voltaire

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
Voltaire, The Age of Louis XIV

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

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

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

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“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”
Voltaire

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

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

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

“Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.”
Voltaire

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

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“Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.”
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, Philosophical Dictionary

“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

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“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”
Voltaire

“The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”
Voltaire

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.”
Voltaire

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“Optimism,” said Cacambo, “What is that?” “Alas!” replied Candide, “It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.”
Voltaire, Candide

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

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

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“Let us cultivate our garden.”
Voltaire, Candide

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

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

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

“Man is free at the instant he wants to be.”
Voltaire

“No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for.”
Voltaire

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

“If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”
Voltaire, Candide

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

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“It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.”
Voltaire

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

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

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“I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.”
Voltaire

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

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

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“Perfect is the enemy of good.”
Voltaire

“One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion.”
Voltaire

“Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.”
Voltaire

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
Voltaire

“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.”
Voltaire

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“He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.”
Voltaire

“Our labour preserves us from three great evils — weariness, vice, and want.”
Voltaire, Candide

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

“Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion. ”
Voltaire

“Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any experienced in a town when it is under siege.”
Voltaire, Candide

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“History never repeats itself. Man always does.”
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

“One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.”
Voltaire

“One always begins with the simple, then comes the complex, and by superior enlightenment one often reverts in the end to the simple. Such is the course of human intelligence.”
Voltaire

“A man loved by a beautiful woman will always get out of trouble.”
Voltaire

“History is the study of the world’s crime.”
Voltaire

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

“Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.”
Voltaire

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

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“I read only to please myself, and enjoy only what suits my taste.”
Voltaire, Candide and Other Tales

“Injustice in the end produces independence.”
Voltaire

“The best is the enemy of good.”
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

“Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.”
Voltaire

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

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

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“We are rarely proud when we are alone.”
Voltaire

“To hold a pen is to be at war.”
Voltaire

“If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.”
Voltaire

“Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.”
Voltaire

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

“To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.”
Voltaire

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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.”
Voltaire

“Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.”
Voltaire

“What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he’s certain he’ll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?”
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

“Beware of the words “internal security,” for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

“This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.”
Voltaire

“Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.”
Voltaire

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

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

“Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours. ”
Voltaire

“Sometimes we are less unhappy in being deceived by those we love, than in being undeceived by them.”
Voltaire

“Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.”
Voltaire

“I hold firmly to my original views. After all I am a philosopher. ”
Voltaire

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“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.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

“When a man is in love, jealous, and just whipped by the Inquisition, he is no longer himself.”
Voltaire, Candide

“Minds differ still more than faces.”
Voltaire

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

“We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.”
Voltaire

“All men are by nature free; you have therefore an undoubted liberty to depart whenever you please, but will have many and great difficulties to encounter in passing the frontiers.”
Voltaire

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“It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.”
Voltaire

“In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.”
Voltaire, Candide

“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.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

“It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.”
Voltaire, Candide

“Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.”
Voltaire

“Paradise is where I am.”
Voltaire

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“Come! you presence will either give me life or kill me with pleasure.”
Voltaire, Candide

“The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important aims of philosophy.”
Voltaire

“Reading nurtures the soul, and an enlightened friend brings it solace. ”
Voltaire

“There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.”
Voltaire

“It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.”
Voltaire

“Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. ”
Voltaire

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“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

“Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom.”
Voltaire, Candide

“If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

“Fools admire everything in an author of reputation.”
Voltaire

“Men argue. Nature acts.”
Voltaire

“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.”
Voltaire

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“In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”
Voltaire

“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.”
Voltaire

“Being unable to make people more reasonable, I preferred to be happy away from them.”
Voltaire

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

“I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

“The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks.”
Voltaire

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“Let us work without reasoning,’ said Martin; ‘it is the only way to make life endurable.”
Voltaire, Candide

“Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.”
Voltaire

“Is politics nothing other than the art of deliberately lying?”
Voltaire

“There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.”
Francois Voltaire Quotes

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

“The more a man knows, the less he talks.”
Voltaire

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