Voltaire Quotes

242 Voltaire quotes:

"Everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds."
"Fear follows crime and is its punishment."
"He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead."
"History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes."
"If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated."
"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him."
"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."
"Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?"
"It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge."
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
"It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce."
"It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode."
"It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow."
"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers."
"Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable."
"Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same."
"Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts."
"One great use of words is to hide our thoughts."
"Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes."
"Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable."

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