Voltaire Quotes


242 Voltaire quotes:



"Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound."
"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time."
"Society therefore is an ancient as the world."
"Tears are the silent language of grief."
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."
"The ear is the avenue to the heart."
"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."
"The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire."
"The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great."
"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."
"The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year."
"The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error."
"The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it."
"The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything."
"The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker."
"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too."
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
"We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature."
"We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard."
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous."



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