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Quotes from Voltaire

"What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Age
"He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Age
"We are rarely proud when we are alone." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Alone
"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." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Alone
"Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Alone
"The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Architecture
"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Art
"The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Art
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Art
"It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Beauty
"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Best
"Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Best
"The best is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Best
"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Best
"The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Best
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Birthday
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"Business is the salt of life." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Business
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Death
"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Death
"It is vain for the coward to flee death follows close behind it is only by defying it that the brave escape." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Death
"Nature has always had more force than education." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Education
"Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?" - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Experience
"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Faith
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous." - Voltaire
Quote from Voltaire about Famous
"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death." - Voltaire
"Fear follows crime and is its punishment." - Voltaire
"Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce." - Voltaire
"The superfluous, a very necessary thing." - Voltaire
"It is said that the present is pregnant with the future." - Voltaire
"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." - Voltaire
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." - Voltaire
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." - Voltaire
"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." - Voltaire
"All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God." - Voltaire
"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best." - Voltaire
"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." - Voltaire
"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." - Voltaire
"If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him." - Voltaire
"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." - Voltaire
"If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated." - Voltaire
"The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence." - Voltaire
"To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd." - Voltaire
"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." - Voltaire
"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind." - Voltaire
"Better is the enemy of good." - Voltaire
"The best is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
"The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year." - Voltaire
"All styles are good except the tiresome kind." - Voltaire
"In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others." - Voltaire
"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another." - Voltaire
"An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination." - Voltaire
"The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third." - Voltaire
"The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination." - Voltaire
"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination." - Voltaire
"One great use of words is to hide our thoughts." - Voltaire
"The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great." - Voltaire
"He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend provided, of course, he really is dead." - Voltaire
"The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it." - Voltaire
"History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes." - Voltaire
"Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes." - Voltaire
"History should be written as philosophy." - Voltaire
"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." - Voltaire
"Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire
"Common sense is not so common." - Voltaire
"All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God." - Voltaire
"It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge." - Voltaire
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." - Voltaire
"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." - Voltaire
"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us." - Voltaire
"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death." - Voltaire
"Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire
"It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love." - Voltaire
"Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same." - Voltaire
"Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient." - Voltaire
"Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce." - Voltaire
"Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men." - Voltaire
"All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women." - Voltaire
"All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God." - Voltaire
"Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts." - Voltaire
"Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable." - Voltaire
"There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times." - Voltaire
"Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him." - Voltaire
"Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die." - Voltaire
"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another." - Voltaire
"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion." - Voltaire
"Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire
"What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature." - Voltaire
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." - Voltaire
"We are all full of weakness and errors let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature." - Voltaire
"Nature has always had more force than education." - Voltaire
"How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted." - Voltaire
"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind." - Voltaire
"One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose." - Voltaire
"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe." - Voltaire
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." - Voltaire
"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us." - Voltaire
"What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking." - Voltaire
"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason." - Voltaire
"Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth." - Voltaire
"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense." - Voltaire
"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion." - Voltaire
"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason." - Voltaire
"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth." - Voltaire
"He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise." - Voltaire
"He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad." - Voltaire
"Society therefore is an ancient as the world." - Voltaire
"Tears are the silent language of grief." - Voltaire
"Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable." - Voltaire
"In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others." - Voltaire
"Perfection is attained by slow degrees it requires the hand of time." - Voltaire
"Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare." - Voltaire
"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth." - Voltaire
"I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom." - Voltaire
"It is forbidden to kill therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." - Voltaire
"To hold a pen is to be at war." - Voltaire
"All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women." - Voltaire
"I hate women because they always know where things are." - Voltaire
"Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors but they are seldom or ever inventors." - Voltaire
"It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it." - Voltaire
"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." - Voltaire
"The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work." - Voltaire
"Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable." - Voltaire