Voltaire Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Voltaire quotes and Voltaire sayings, and Voltaire proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation."

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

"Each player must accept the cards that life deals him or her. But once in hand one must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game."

"It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode."

"I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race."

"Injustice in the end produces independence."

"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself."

"Prejudices are what rule the vulgar crowd."

"Prejudice is opinion without judgement."

"Prejudices are what fools use for reason."

"To the wicked, everything serves as pretext."

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

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

"We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard."

"I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race."

"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."

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."

"All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free."

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

"A woman can keep one secret – the secret of her age."

"There are two things for which animals are to be envied: they know nothing of future evils, or of what people say about them."

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

"It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love."

"The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force."

"Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest."

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

"One great use of words is to hide our thoughts."

"Let us cultivate our garden."

"The best is the enemy of the good."

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