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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, ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire

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Judge a person by their questi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. Voltaire

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“To learn who rules over you, ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
MichaelMcLaughlin added “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”- voltaire

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It is dangerous to be right wh... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire

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Common sense is not so common. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Common sense is not so common. Voltaire

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It is hard to free fools from ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire

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Every man is the creature of t... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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Prejudices are what fools use ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Prejudices are what fools use for reason. Voltaire

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As long as people believe in a... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. Voltaire

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In my life, I have prayed but ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. Voltaire

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If God did not exist, it would... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. Voltaire

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When it is a question of money... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire

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All people are equal, it is no... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference. Voltaire

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A long dispute means that both... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong Voltaire

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

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Let us read, and let us dance;... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
michaelj72 added Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

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Those who can make you believe... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
michaelj72 added Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

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Animals have these advantages ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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‎Life is a shipwreck, but we m... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
michaelj72 added ‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

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Our wretched species is so mad... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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Rest is a good thing, but bore... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. Voltaire

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The history of human opinion i... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors. Voltaire

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In general, the art of governm... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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Superstition sets the whole wo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them. Voltaire

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Work banishes those three grea... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. Voltaire

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A multitude of laws in a count... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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It is forbidden to kill; there... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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Doctors are men who prescribe ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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The art of medicine consists o... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire

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Tears are the silent language ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Tears are the silent language of grief. Voltaire

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The true triumph of reason is ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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Beware of the words, internal ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
michaelj72 added Beware of the words, internal security, for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor.

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It is far better to be silent ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books. Voltaire

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May God defend me from my frie... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. Voltaire

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Men argue, nature acts. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Men argue, nature acts. Voltaire

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To succeed in the world it is ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. Voltaire

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Anything that is too stupid to... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. Voltaire

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Men who are occupied in the re... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. Voltaire

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God is not on the side of the ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best. Voltaire

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If there were only one religio... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
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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The best government is a benev... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. Voltaire

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A witty saying proves nothing. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
A witty saying proves nothing. Voltaire

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No problem can withstand the a... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. Voltaire

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History is fables agreed upon. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
michaelj72 added History is fables agreed upon.

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Love is a canvas furnished by ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire

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It is not love that should be ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. Voltaire

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The great consolation in life ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks. Voltaire

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Is there anyone so wise as to ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
michaelj72 added Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?

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I know of no great man except ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race. Voltaire

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“God is a comedian playing to ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Voltaire Quotes
“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh” Voltaire