Voltaire Quotations

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

2.A witty saying proves nothing.

3.All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.

4.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.

5.Anything too stupid to be said is sung.

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

7.Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

8.Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

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

10.God is always on the side of the big battalions.

11.History is a pack of lies we play on the dead.

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

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

14.Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

15.A witty saying proves nothing.

16.All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.

17.All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

18.All styles are good except the tiresome kind.

19.All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

20.An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

21.Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

22.Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.

23.Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

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

25.Indolence is sweet, and its consequences bitter.

26.It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

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

28.Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

29.Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

30.Love truth, and pardon error.

31.Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

32.Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

33.Prejudice is opinion without judgement.

34.Regimen is superior to medicine.

35.The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

36.The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

37.The secret of being boring is to say everything.

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

39.Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

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

41.The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

42.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.