The Best Voltaire Quotes 

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A list of the best Voltaire quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Voltaire quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Voltaire quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Voltaire should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Voltaire quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
MichaelMcLaughlin added “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”- voltaire
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. Voltaire
Common sense is not so common. Voltaire
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. Voltaire
Prejudices are what fools use for reason. Voltaire
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time. Voltaire
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. Voltaire
michaelj72 added Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. Voltaire
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference. Voltaire
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong Voltaire
Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire
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
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. Voltaire
"The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks." Voltaire
michaelj72 added It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. Voltaire
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire
Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. Voltaire
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. Voltaire