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114 Famous Quotes by Voltaire
11/21/1694 - 5/30/1778
Also Known As:  
Francois-Marie Arouet     Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire     Francois Voltaire
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If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him.

Human nature Quotes, by Voltaire

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Illusion is the first of the pleasures

Illusion Quotes, by Voltaire

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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers

Individuality Quotes, by Voltaire

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All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws

Liberty Quotes, by Voltaire

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Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively

Madness Quotes, by Voltaire

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It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion

Opinions Quotes, by Voltaire

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

People Quotes, by Voltaire

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When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy

Philosophy Quotes, by Voltaire

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He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend - provided, of course, that he really is dead.

Praise Quotes, by Voltaire

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Providence has given us hope and sleep as a compensation for the many cares of life

Providence Quotes, by Voltaire

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Once the people begin to reason, all is lost

Reason Quotes, by Voltaire

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For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm

Religion Quotes, by Voltaire

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Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men

Religion Quotes, by Voltaire

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I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

Retirement Quotes, by Voltaire

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We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.

Rights Quotes, by Voltaire

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Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.

Satan Quotes, by Voltaire

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I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.

Social service Quotes, by Voltaire

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I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.

Solidarity Quotes, by Voltaire

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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

Spirit Quotes, by Voltaire

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Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother

Superstition Quotes, by Voltaire

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Tears are the silent language of grief

Tears Quotes, by Voltaire

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I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition

Testing Quotes, by Voltaire

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I disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

Freedom Quotes, by Voltaire

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Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

Love Quotes, by Voltaire

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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.

Nature Quotes, by Voltaire

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