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Francois Voltaire quotes (77)

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Love

This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Holiday

Love truth but pardon error.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Error

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Pride

What most persons consider as virtue after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Age

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Accomplishment

In this country [England] it is good to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. The reference is to Admiral John Byng who was executed in 1757 for failing to prevent the French from taking Minorca.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Wise

When is a question of money everybody is of the same religion.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Religion

To enjoy life we must touch much of it lightly.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Enjoyment

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Right

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors kindle it at home communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Imitation

All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Best

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Metaphysics

Monsieur l'abbe I detest what you write but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Book

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.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Life

Fear follows crime and is its punishment.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Crime

Prejudice is an opinion without judgment.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Prejudice

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Ancestors

The individual who prosecutes a man his brother because he is not of the same opinion is a monster.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Monster

When he who hears doesnt know what he who speaks means and when he who speaks doesnt know what he himself means that is philosophy.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Business

I have no sceptre but I have a pen.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Friendship

He who thinks himself wise O heavens! is a great fool.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Fool

Doctors prescribe medicine of which they know little to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of which they know nothing.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Disease

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Question

Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Appreciation

Tears are the silent language of grief.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Cry

There are truths which are not for all men nor for all times.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Truth

We cannot always oblige but we can always speak obligingly.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Tact

Minds differ still more than faces.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Face

A witty saying proves nothing.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Wit

The sentiment of justice is so natural and so universally acquired by all mankind that it seems to be independent of all law all party all religion.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Justice

He who has heard the same thing told by 12000 eye-witnesses has only 12000 probabilities which are equal to one strong probability which is far from certain.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Probability

Common sense is not so common.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Common

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Poetry

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Freedom

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.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Chastity

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Illusions

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Indecision

Whatever you do trample down abuses and love those who love you. Different translation: Whatever you do crush the infamous thing [superstition] and love those who love you.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Abuse

The right of commanding is no longer an advantage transmitted by nature; like an inheritance it is the fruit of labors the price of courage.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Leadership

I have never made but one prayer to God a very short one: O Lord make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Endure

When he to whom one speaks does not understand and he who speaks himself does not understand this is metaphysics.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Speak

I die adoring God loving my friends not hating my enemies and detesting superstition.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Superstition

A woman can keep one secret the secret of her age.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Woe

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Nothing

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Adventure

The public is a ferocious beast one must either chain it up or flee from it.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Public

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Bore

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
Francois Voltaire   Category: God

The true character of liberty is independence maintained by force.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Liberty

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Word

I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Rights

Animals have these advantages over man: They never hear the clock strike they die without any idea of death they have no theologians to instruct them their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies their funerals cost them nothing and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Animals

There are no sects in geometry.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Mathematics

In general the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Government

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Murder

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues at our peril risk and hazard.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Censorship

Men argue; nature acts.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Argument

Work keeps us from three great evils boredom vice and need.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Work

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Perfection

If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Death

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid you must also be well-mannered.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Manners

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others not to reason At all; and others to persecute those who do reason.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Reason

That is indisputable was the answer but in this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Encourage

Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Certainty

Weakness on both sides is as we know the motto of all quarrels.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Quarrels

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Condemn

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Tyranny

Use do not abuse; nether abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Abstinence

Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. Ils ne se servent de la pensee que pour autoriser leurs injustices et emploient les paroles que pour deguiser leurs pensees.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Injustice

He who is merely just is severe.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Unsorted

It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Conquer

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Music

The superfluous a very necessary thing.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Excess

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Thief

Better is the enemy of good.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Better

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Others