Voltaire Quotes

242 Voltaire quotes:

"It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue."
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"He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise."
"To the wicked, everything serves as pretext."
"He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first."
"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."
"I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom."
"We are rarely proud when we are alone."
"There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times."
"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law."
"The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out."
"I hate women because they always know where things are."
"If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him."
"Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts."
"History should be written as philosophy."
"Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal."
"Nature has always had more force than education."
"Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels."
"Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life."
"I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil."
"Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them."

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