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Voltaire Quotes

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November 21, 1694 - May 30, 1778
Nationality: French
Category: Writer
Subcategory: French Writer

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


We are rarely proud when we are alone.


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


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


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


I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.


I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.


It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.


The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.


No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.


I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.


The superfluous, a very necessary thing.


Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.


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


He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.


Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.


Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.


History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.


The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.


Business is the salt of life.


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