Top 100 Voltaire Quotes in English 2020



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Voltaire Quotes in English 2020

Voltaire Quotes in English 2020



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

2. If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other’s throats; but if you have thirty religions, they dwell in peace.
– Voltaire

3. God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumferences nowhere.
– Voltaire

4. Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
– Voltaire

5.  Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.
– Voltaire

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

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

8. It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. ? Voltaire

9. Beware of the words “internal security,” for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor. ? Voltaire

10. “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.” ? Voltaire

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

12. “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” ? Voltaire

13. The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom. – Voltaire

14. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ? Voltaire

15. Democracy is just a filler for textbooks! Do you actually believe that public opinion influences the government?
? Voltaire

16. Common sense is both rarer and more desirable in leaders than mere intelligence. ? Voltaire

17. Voltaire strongly believed in freedom, tolerance, and reason. His desire was to inspire the way people think and behave.

18. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

19. “Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire

20. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

21. “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” – Voltaire

22. “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” – Voltaire

23. “Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.” – Voltaire

24. “The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.” – Voltaire
 
25. “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” – Voltaire

26. “The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.” – Voltaire

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

28. “I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”

29. I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Actually – He didn’t say that! What he really said was: “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too”. Read here for more on this famous misquote).

30. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
? Voltaire
 
31. “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
? Voltaire

32. “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
? Voltaire

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

(Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)”
? Voltaire

34. “Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one’s country is to wish harm to one’s neighbors.”

35. “Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”
? Voltaire, Candide

36. “Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”
? Voltaire

37. “I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?”
? Voltaire

38. “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
? Voltaire, The Age of Louis XIV

39. “Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”
? Voltaire

40. “Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
? Voltaire,

41. “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
? Voltaire

42. “Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies."
(Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan.)”
? Voltaire
 
43. “Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.”
? Voltaire

44. Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

45. I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it." (Letter to ?tienne No?l Damilaville, May 16, 1767)

46. God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.

47. Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.

48. “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
? Voltaire

49. It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets

50. Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one

51. Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.

52. Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst

53. One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today, that is our illusion

54. She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying.

55. The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.

56. Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed.

57. It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.

58. To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid - one must also be polite.

59. Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

Voltaire

60. Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.

61. The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important aims of philosophy.

62. Doctors put drugs of which they know little into bodies of which they know less for diseases of which they know nothing at all.

63. There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.

64. In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

65. Being unable to make people more reasonable, I preferred to be happy away from them

66. If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other’s throats; but if you have thirty religions, they will dwell in peace

67. Martin in particular concluded that man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom.

68. In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.

69. I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.

70. It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge

71. What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?

72. Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed.

73. The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity

74. I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.

75. “The world embarrasses me, and I can not think – that this clock exists and has developed a watchmaker”

76. “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a very wise mother”

77. Christianity is the most infamous superstition that ever stupid men and desolate the earth”

78. “I do not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death for your right to say”

79. “The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible to a class of citizens to give to another”

80. “Politics has its source in evil than in the greatness of the human spirit”

81. “It is expedient that the people should be guided, and not that he is educated, he is not worthy of being”

82. I do not know that Jean-Jacques Rousseau who can be blamed for these ideas of equality and independence, and all these dreams that are only ridiculous”

83. Optimism is the madness of maintaining that all is well when it is wrong”

84. “The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”
? Voltaire

85. “The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.”
? Voltaire

86. “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
? Voltaire

87. “We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.”
? Voltaire

88. “Don't think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”
? Voltaire

89. “But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad," replied Martin.”
? Voltaire, Candide

90. “It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.”
? Voltaire

91. “Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed.”
? Voltaire

92. “Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
? Voltaire

93. “Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
? Voltaire

94. “Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.”

95. “Do you believe,' said Candide, 'that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?'
Do you believe,' said Martin, 'that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?”
? Voltaire, Candide

96. “I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.”
? Candide

97. “May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies. ”
? Voltaire

98. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
– Voltaire

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

100. God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
– Voltaire


1.
All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.
– Voltaire

2.
When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
– Voltaire

3.
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
– Voltaire

4.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
– Voltaire

5.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
– Voltaire

6.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
– Voltaire

7.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
– Voltaire

8.
I hate women because they always know where things are.
– Voltaire

9.
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
– Voltaire

10.
If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other’s throats; but if you have thirty religions, they dwell in peace.
– Voltaire

11.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
– Voltaire

12.
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
– Voltaire

13.
What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on…
– Voltaire

14.
The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.
– Voltaire

15.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
– Voltaire

16.
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
– Voltaire

17.
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumferences nowhere.
– Voltaire

18.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
– Voltaire

19.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
– Voltaire

20. Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.
– Voltaire

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