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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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529 85
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire

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243 27
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire

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284 36
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire

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283 36
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. Voltaire

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253 32
Common sense is not so common. Voltaire

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317 49
MichaelMcLaughlin added “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”- voltaire

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172 19
Prejudices are what fools use for reason. Voltaire

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246 36
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. Voltaire

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171 22
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

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130 19
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. Voltaire

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93 11
michaelj72 added Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

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110 17
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire

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114 20
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. Voltaire

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110 19
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference. Voltaire

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60 6
michaelj72 added It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

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77 10
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. Voltaire

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89 15
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

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55 6
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. Voltaire

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109 24
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

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78 12
"The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks." Voltaire

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112 26
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

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94 18
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong Voltaire

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78 13
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire

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78 14
Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. Voltaire

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66 11
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. Voltaire

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44 5
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books. Voltaire

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55 8
Tears are the silent language of grief. Voltaire

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67 12
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

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58 9
Men argue, nature acts. Voltaire

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51 7
michaelj72 added Beware of the words, internal security, for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor.

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54 8
michaelj72 added Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

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42 5
The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors. Voltaire

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41 5
michaelj72 added A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.

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48 7
michaelj72 added ‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

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57 10
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them. Voltaire

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51 8
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. Voltaire

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66 15
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. Voltaire

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60 12
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best. Voltaire

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46 7
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. Voltaire

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59 13
If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness. Voltaire

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54 10
A witty saying proves nothing. Voltaire

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45 7
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. Voltaire

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24 2
michaelj72 added 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. - Candide

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29 3
Work is often the father of pleasure. Voltaire

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46 8
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire

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53 13
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. Voltaire

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32 4
michaelj72 added Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?

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47 10
“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh” Voltaire

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35 5
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks. Voltaire

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36 6
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless. Voltaire