Voltaire Quotes

242 Voltaire quotes:

"When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics."
"Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient."
"Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors."
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"I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow."
"We cannot wish for that we know not."
"It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one."
"The best is the enemy of the good."
"We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly."
"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."
"Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel."
"Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another."
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"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it."
"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion."
"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself."
"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."
"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."
"He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad."
"The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil."
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
"The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs."

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