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Voltaire Quotes

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

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.


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


Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.


It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.


He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.


Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound.


Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.


Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.


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


All styles are good except the tiresome kind.


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


Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.


Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.


The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.


It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.


We cannot wish for that we know not.


The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.


Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.


In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.


Illusion is the first of all pleasures.


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