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Voltaire Quotes

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

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.


In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.


God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.


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


He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.


Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.


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


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


Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.


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


In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.


The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.


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


Better is the enemy of good.


To hold a pen is to be at war.


Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.


Clever tyrants are never punished.


We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.


I hate women because they always know where things are.


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


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