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Voltaire Quotes

A witty saying proves nothing.


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


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


Better is the enemy of good.


Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. Common sense is not so common.


Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.


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.


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


Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.


Fear follows crime and is its punishment.


Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.


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


He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.


He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it. 


He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. 


History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.


History should be written as philosophy.


I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.


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


If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.


In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.


Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.


Injustice in the end produces independence.


It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one. It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.


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


It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.


It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.


It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.


It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.

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