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Quotes By Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)


Famous Quotes & Quotations By Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet):

Common sense is not so common.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Intelligence.

Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.
~ Voltaire Quotes, 1767 - Category: Thinking.

Exaggeration, the inseparable companion of greatness.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Exaggeration.

History is nothing but a pack of tricks we play on the dead.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: History, Trickery.

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Attitude.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Censorship.

Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Food, Ice Cream.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: War.

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 Quotes - Category: Angels.

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Attitude.

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Love.

Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Greed.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Thinking.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Food.

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Conformity.

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Heaven, Hell.

Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Pleasure.

Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Idleness.

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Astrology, Superstition.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Medical.

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Solitude.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
~ Voltaire Quotes - Category: Censorship.

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
~ Voltaire Quotes, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764 - Category: Censorship.

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 Quotes - Category: Prejudice.

When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
~ Voltaire Quotes, Philosophical Dictionary - Category: Philosophy.

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