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Quotes By Voltaire

Nationality
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DOB
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21-11-1694
DOD
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30-05-1778

Writer Voltaire was born on 21th November 1694 AD. A French citizen, Voltaire was born in France. He was also called François-Marie Arouet. François-Marie Arouet was 84 years old when he died on 30th May 1778 AD. In his life François-Marie Arouet was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.

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.

- Candide , Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

- Voltaire

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

- Voltaire

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say I.

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.

- A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary , Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

- Voltaire

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.

- Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede , Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

Love truth, but pardon error.

- Voltaire

I don′t know where I am going, but I am on my way.

- Voltaire

I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one′s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?

- Candide: or , Voltaire

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

Dare to think for yourself.

- Voltaire

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.

- Voltaire

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

- The Age of Louis XIV , Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

All styles are good except the tiresome kind.

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.

- Voltaire

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

- Voltaire

Better is the enemy of good.

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

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

- Voltaire

Clever tyrants are never punished.

- Voltaire

Ice-cream is Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal

- Voltaire

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