Voltaire Quotes

Who is Voltaire?

Voltaire was the pen name of the French witty Enlightenment writer and philosopher born as François-Marie Arouet.

Born November 21, 1694
Died May 30, 1778

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Best 29 Quotes by Voltaire

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

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.”

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

“History never repeats itself. Man always does.”

“I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.”

“It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.”

“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.”

“The best is the enemy of good.”

“There is no God, but don’t tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night.”

“To hold a pen is to be at war.”

“What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on.”

“A witty saying proves nothing.”

“All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

“All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.”

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

“Common sense is not so common.”

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“However we may be reproached for our vanity we sometimes need to be assured of our merits and to have our most obvious advantages pointed out to us.”


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“Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.”

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.”

“It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.”

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

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”

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

“Love truth, and pardon error.”

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.”

“Regimen is superior to medicine.”

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

“The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything.”

“There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.”

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“When there is only one religion, tyranny rules; when there are two, religious war reigns; when there are many, liberty comes.”

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