Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Franois-Marie Arouet (1694 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade

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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.Rate it:
Le sens commun n'est pas si commun (Common sense is not so common)Rate it:
Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.Rate it:
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.Rate it:
If this world were what it seems it should be, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.Rate it:
No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.Rate it:
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.Rate it:
I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.Rate it:
The secret of being boring is to tell everything.Rate it:
I may not believe in what you say, but I will die for your right to do so.Rate it:
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.Rate it:
As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.Rate it:
History is fables agreed upon.Rate it:
Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think the work is the product of a drunken savage's imagination.Rate it:
If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him. But all nature cries aloud that He does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.Rate it:
Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres. (In this country England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. from Candide)Rate it:
A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.Rate it:
All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.Rate it:
Better is the enemy of good.Rate it:
Change everything except your loves.Rate it:
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.Rate it:
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.Rate it:
Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.Rate it:
Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.Rate it:
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.Rate it:
God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.Rate it:
History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.Rate it:
I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.Rate it:
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.Rate it:
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.Rate it:
In this country England it is well to kill from time to time an admiral to encourage the others.Rate it:
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.Rate it:
It is not enough to conquer one must learn to seduce.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.Rate it:
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.Rate it:
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.Rate it:
Love truth but pardon error.Rate it:
Love truth, but pardon error.Rate it:
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.Rate it:
Needless to say since Christ's expiation not one single Christian has been known to sin, or die.Rate it:
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.Rate it:
Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.Rate it:
One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.Rate it:
Only now did I become throughly acquainted with the seducer of our people. It is not the inequality which is the real misfortune, it is the dependance.Rate it:
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.Rate it:
People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it.Rate it:
Philosopher A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth.Rate it:
Really, to stop criticism, they say, one must die.Rate it:
Right now I think censorship is necessary the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.Rate it:
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.Rate it:
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.Rate it:
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.Rate it:
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.Rate it:
The progress of the rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.Rate it:
The public is a ferocious beast -- one must either chain it up or flee from it.Rate it:
The superfluous is very necessary.Rate it:
The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.Rate it:
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.Rate it:
There has never been a perfect government, because men have passions and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for government.Rate it:
To hold a pen is to be at war.Rate it:
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.Rate it:
When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.Rate it:
When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace, and death a duty.Rate it:

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