Voltaire Quotes (373 Quotes)

    He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.

    To hold a pen is to be at war.

    Injustice in the end produces independence.

    He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.

    I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.

    I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas.

    We must cultivate our garden.

    Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

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

    We owe respect to the living to the dead we owe nothing but truth.

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

    All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.

    Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

    If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.

    Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.

    Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great And feeling souls.

    An infallible method of making fanatics is to persuade before you instruct

    Fortune There is no fortune all is trial, or punishment, or recompense, or foresight.

    God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

    There are no sects in geometry.

    Work keeps at bay three great evils Boredom, vice, and need.

    Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.

    Who has not the spirit of his age, Of his age has all the unhappiness.

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