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Voltaire Quotes

Writer
Born On
1694-11-21
Died On
1778-05-30
Birth Place
Paris
Death Place
Paris
Birth Sign
scorpio
Father
François Arouet
Mother
Marie Marguerite d'Aumart
Spouse
Émilie du Châtelet
Nationality
French
Education
1711 - Lycée Louis-le-Grand

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

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

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A witty saying proves nothing.

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

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

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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.

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

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All styles are good except the tiresome kind.

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

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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

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Better is the enemy of good.

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Clever tyrants are never punished.

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

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

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If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness."

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

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

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

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

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An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

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

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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.

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

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Common sense is not so common.

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

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I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way.

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

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

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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?

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Love truth, but pardon error.

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

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Dare to think for yourself.

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

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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.

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

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

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The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

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

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