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Voltaire Quotes

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

The ear is the avenue to the heart.


Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.


My life is a struggle.


It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.


He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.


We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.


The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.


Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.


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


What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.


Prejudices are what fools use for reason.


Nature has always had more force than education.


Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal.


Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.


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


The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.


Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.


Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.


Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.


The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.


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