Top 36 Voltaire Quotes

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.

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The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

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.

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

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

Love truth, but pardon error.

I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one's very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.

Tears are the silent language of grief.

I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way.

Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so.

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Dare to think for yourself.

God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.

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

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

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

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

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else's eyes.

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.

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

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.

Don't think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.