150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

François-Marie Arouet was a French philosopher. He was born in 1694 and grew up in Poitou. He died in Paris in 1778. Voltaire did not like France at the time because he thought that it was old fashioned. He also did not like the Church and thought that people should be allowed to believe what they want. However he did not like democracy either and thought that a country needed to be led by a wise and strong king. Voltaire had to live in exile in England for three years from 1726 to 1729 where these ideas were more common. He liked the philosophy of John Locke. Voltaire was also a writer. He wrote many books, poems and plays, some of which are still liked today. A lot of his work was against France and the Church. This meant that he was unpopular at first but became more popular towards the time of the French Revolution. When he died at age 83, Voltaire was a hero of French people. He also studied science and wrote a lot about people and places he knew. Voltaire believed in a God but did not believe in a god personally involved in people’s lives, like the Christian god. This is called Deism. When he died in Paris, Voltaire was not allowed to be buried in a church because he did not believe in the Christian god. We bring you the compilation of the best Voltaire Quotes, hope you like it.

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150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.–— Voltaire–

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

This poem will never reach its destination.-— Voltaire-

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well mannered.-— Voltaire-

The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.-— Voltaire-

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.-— Voltaire-

Better is the enemy of the good. -Voltaire

I have lost the half of myself – a soul for which mine was made.— Voltaire

If God made us in his image, we have certainly returned the compliment. -Voltaire

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream That this watch exists and has no watchmaker. -Voltaire

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

The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, selfseekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Luck is a word devoid of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. -Voltaire

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

There is an astonishing imagination, even in the science of mathematics… We repeat, there was far more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of — Homer.-— Voltaire-

The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman nor an Empire.-— Voltaire-

To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.-— Voltaire-

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.-— Voltaire-

This is no time for making new enemies. (when asked on his deathbed to renounce Satan)-— Voltaire-

You despise books you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.-— Voltaire-

If this world were what it seems it should be, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

Fear succeeds crime – it is its punishment. -Voltaire

Right now I think censorship is necessary the things they’re doing and saying in films right now just shouldn’t be allowed. There’s no dignity anymore and I think that’s   very important.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

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Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. -Voltaire

Men use thought only to justify their wrongdoings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts. -Voltaire

Le sens commun n’est pas si commun (Common sense is not so common)-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

There are truths that are not for all men, nor for all times. -Voltaire 

The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year. -Voltaire

This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.-— Voltaire-

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. -Voltaire

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.–— Voltaire–

The fate of a nation has often depended on the good or bad digestion of a prime minister. -Voltaire

Faith is believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. -Voltaire

We never live, but we are always in the expectation of living. -Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. -Voltaire

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. -Voltaire

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

The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything. -Voltaire

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–— Voltaire–

As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.-— Voltaire-

We offer up prayers to God only because we have made Him after our own image. We treat Him like a Pasha, or a Sultan, who is capable of being exasperated and appeased. -VoltaireDoubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is. -Voltaire

The public is a ferocious beast  one must either chain it up or flee from it.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

England has forty-two religions and only two sauces. -Voltaire

Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals. -Voltaire

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? -Voltaire

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

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.— Voltaire

Really, to stop criticism, they say, one must die.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all: and others to persecute those who do reason. -Voltaire

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.-— Voltaire

The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. -Voltaire

Dans ce paysci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres. (In this country England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others. from Candide)Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

God prefers bad verses recited with a pure heart to the finest verses chanted by the wicked. -Voltaire

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.— Voltaire

Ask a toad what is beauty? … a female with two great round eyes coming out of her little head, a large flat mouth, a yellow belly and a brown back. -Voltaire

There has never been a perfect government, because men have passions and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for government.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.-— Voltaire-

The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days. -Voltaire

It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

It is not known precisely where angels dwellwhether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.–Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire–

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

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important objects of philosophy. -Voltaire

Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels. -Voltaire

Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds. -Voltaire

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.— Voltaire

A good imitation is the most perfect originality. -Voltaire

Never having been able to succeed in the world, he took his revenge by speaking ill of it. -Voltaire

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 neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all. -Voltaire

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment. -Voltaire

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. -Voltaire

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The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything. -Voltaire

‘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.’— Voltaire

God is always on the side of the big battalions.— Voltaire

…the safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.— Voltaire

In this country England it is well to kill from time to time an admiral to encourage the others.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

Men are equal it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.-— Voltaire-

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.— Voltaire

The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool. -Voltaire 

Love truth, and pardon error.-— Voltaire-

We are rarely proud when we are alone.-— Voltaire-

When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace, and death a duty.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. -Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant state, but certainty is a ridiculous one. -Voltaire

It is new fancy rathert than taste which produces so many new fashions.–— Voltaire–

The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing. -Voltaire

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one part of the citizens to give to the other.-— Voltaire, The Portable — Voltaire-

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

Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

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.— Voltaire

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.-— Voltaire-

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.— Voltaire

“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.— Voltaire

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. -Voltaire

When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.-— Voltaire-

If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero. -Voltaire

My prayer to God is a very short one “Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous!” God has granted it. -Voltaire

Once the people begin to reason, all is lost.-— Voltaire

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Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.-— Voltaire

May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.-— Voltaire

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. -Voltaire

Work banishes those three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty. -Voltaire

Regimen is superior to medicine.-— Voltaire-

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.— Voltaire

When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. -Voltaire

Change everything except your loves.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.-— Voltaire-

Providence has given us hope and sleep as a compensation for the many cares of life. -Voltaire

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.-— Voltaire-

Tears are the silent language of grief. -Voltaire

A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.— Voltaire

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. -Voltaire

Fear could never make a virtue. -Voltaire

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Only now did I become throughly acquainted with the seducer of our people. It is not the inequality which is the real misfortune, it is the dependance.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.— Voltaire

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

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

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

You Pindar who possessed the talent of speaking much without saying anything. -Voltaire

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. -Voltaire

The best is the enemy of the good. -Voltaire

Canada: A few acres of snow.— Voltaire

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.-— Voltaire-

Better is the enemy of good.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

History is fables agreed upon.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

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The infinitely little have pride infinitely great. -Voltaire 

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? -Voltaire

Nature has always had more force than education. -Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.— Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.— Voltaire

As long as there are fools and rascals, there will be religions.— Voltaire, Letter to Frederick, 1767

Prejudice is opinion without judgement.-— Voltaire-

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

I never was ruined but twice – once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I gained one. -Voltaire

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.-— Voltaire-

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.-— Voltaire-

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

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

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

[Optimism is] the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.-— Voltaire, Candide-

Often the prudent, far from making their destinies, succumb to them. -Voltaire

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. -Voltaire

To hold a pen is to be at war.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.-— Voltaire-

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire-

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. -Voltaire

Work saves us from three great evils boredom, vice and need.-— Voltaire-

150+ Voltaire Quotes with a critical take on life

It is not enough to conquer one must learn to seduce.–Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire–

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed. -Voltaire

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.— Voltaire

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

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.–— Voltaire–

The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. -Voltaire

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.–Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire–

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

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

Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think the work is the product of a drunken savage’s imagination.Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

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God created sex. Priests created marriage.— Voltaire

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. -Voltaire

Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent. -Voltaire

I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.— Voltaire

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them  a pleasure as well as a necessity.-Francois Marie Arouet — Voltaire

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.-— Voltaire-

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.-— 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

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


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