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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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About Voltaire

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.

Questions Quotes, by Voltaire

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Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Ancestry Quotes, by Voltaire

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The fate of a nation has often depended on the food or bad digestion of a prime minister.

History Quotes, by Voltaire

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History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play on the dead.

History Quotes, by Voltaire

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The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

History Quotes, by Voltaire

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When he to whom a person speaks does not understand, and he who speaks does not understand himself, that is metaphysics.

Metaphysics Quotes, by Voltaire

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Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

Opinions Quotes, by Voltaire

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Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.

Reform 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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Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.

Theory Quotes, by Voltaire

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

Virginity Quotes, by Voltaire

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Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.

Writers Quotes, by Voltaire

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History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.

History Quotes, by Voltaire

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History is just a portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.

History Quotes, by Voltaire

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

Christianity Quotes, by Voltaire

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If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.

Censorship Quotes, by Voltaire

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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.

Conformity Quotes, by Voltaire

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The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream That this watch exists and has no watchmaker.

Creativity Quotes, by Voltaire

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Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.

Crime Quotes, by Voltaire

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If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him.

God Quotes, by Voltaire

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If God has created us in His image, we have more than returned the compliment.

God Quotes, by Voltaire

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Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

Guilt Quotes, by Voltaire

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I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.

Law Quotes, by Voltaire

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The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.

Liberty Quotes, by Voltaire

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To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

Manners Quotes, by Voltaire

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