Voltaire

French writer who was the embodiment of 18th century Enlightenment (1694-1778)

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'That is indisputable,' was the answer, 'but in this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.'Rate it:
...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.Rate it:
A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.Rate it:
A witty saying proves nothing.Rate it:
All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.Rate it:
All sects are different, because they come from men morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.Rate it:
All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.Rate it:
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.Rate it:
Anything too stupid to be said is sung.Rate it:
Appreciation is a wonderful thing It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.Rate it:
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.Rate it:
Canada: A few acres of snow.Rate it:
Common sense is not so common.Rate it:
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.Rate it:
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.Rate it:
Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.Rate it:
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.Rate it:
England has forty-two religions and only two sauces.Rate it:
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.Rate it:
God created sex. Priests created marriage.Rate it:
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.Rate it:
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.Rate it:
God is always on the side of the big battalions.Rate it:
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.Rate it:
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.Rate it:
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.Rate it:
I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas.Rate it:
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.Rate it:
I have lost the half of myself - a soul for which mine was made.Rate it:
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.Rate it:
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.Rate it:
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.Rate it:
I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.Rate it:
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.Rate it:
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.Rate it:
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.Rate it:
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.Rate it:
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledgeRate it:
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.Rate it:
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.Rate it:
It is forbidden to kill therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.Rate it:
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.Rate it:
It is new fancy rathert than taste which produces so many new fashions.Rate it:
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.Rate it:
Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.Rate it:
Love truth, and pardon error.Rate it:
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.Rate it:
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.Rate it:
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.Rate it:
Men are equal it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.Rate it:
Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.Rate it:
Once the people begin to reason, all is lost.Rate it:
One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.Rate it:
Prejudice is opinion without judgement.Rate it:
Regimen is superior to medicine.Rate it:
Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.Rate it:
Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.Rate it:
The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.Rate it:
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.Rate it:
The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks.Rate it:
The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.Rate it:
The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman nor an Empire.Rate it:
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.Rate it:
The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.Rate it:
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.Rate it:
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.Rate it:
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.Rate it:
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.Rate it:
The secret of being boring is to say everything.Rate it:
The way to become boring is to say everything.Rate it:
There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.Rate it:
There is an astonishing imagination, even in the science of mathematics... We repeat, there was far more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of Homer.Rate it:
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.Rate it:
This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.Rate it:
This poem will never reach its destination.Rate it:
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.Rate it:
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.Rate it:
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.Rate it:
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered.Rate it:
True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.Rate it:
Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.Rate it:
Use, do not abuse neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.Rate it:
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.Rate it:
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.Rate it:
We are rarely proud when we are alone.Rate it:
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.Rate it:
When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.Rate it:
When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.Rate it:
Work saves us from three great evils boredom, vice and need.Rate it:
You despise books you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.Rate it:
You despise books; you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.Rate it:
“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh”Rate it:

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