Voltaire Quotes and Sayings

A collection of interesting quotes and sayings from Fran├žois-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire. Enjoy!

Common sense is not so common. ~Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing. ~Voltaire

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

Love truth, and pardon error. ~Voltaire

Prejudice is opinion without judgement. ~Voltaire

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. ~Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. ~Voltaire

I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little. ~Voltaire

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it. ~Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do. ~Voltaire

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire

Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion. ~Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. ~Voltaire

He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend – provided, of course, that he really is dead. ~Voltaire

To enjoy life, we must touch much of it lightly. ~Voltaire

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. ~Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. ~Voltaire

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. ~Voltaire

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. ~Voltaire

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. ~Voltaire

Prejudices are what fools use for reason. ~Voltaire

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. ~Voltaire

Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively. ~Voltaire

The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy. ~Voltaire

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. ~Voltaire

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. ~Voltaire

The more I read, the more I meditate; and the more I acquire, the more I am enabled to affirm that I know nothing. ~Voltaire

One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say. ~Voltaire

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one. ~Voltaire

There are men who can think no deeper than a fact. ~Voltaire

Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe. ~Voltaire

Men argue, nature acts. ~Voltaire

Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal. ~Voltaire

One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly. ~Voltaire

The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third. ~Voltaire

The multitude of books is making us ignorant. ~Voltaire

The secret of being boring is to say everything. ~Voltaire

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