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Voltaire Quotes

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

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.


A witty saying proves nothing.


It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.


Fear follows crime and is its punishment.


Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.


Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.


The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.


The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.


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.


The best is the enemy of the good.


Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.


He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.


Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.


To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.


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


Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.


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


Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.


Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.


Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.


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