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Voltaire Quotes

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

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.


Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.


There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.


What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.


Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.


We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.


One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.


It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.


God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.


Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.


To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.


The multitude of books is making us ignorant.


Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.


An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.


To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.


I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.


Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.


The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.


If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.


The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.


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