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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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  • 1
    576
    91

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

    Voltaire
  • 2
    378
    39

    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

    Voltaire
  • 3
    341
    32

    Common sense is not so common.

    Voltaire
  • 4
    390
    51

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

  • 5
    306
    31

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

    Voltaire
  • 6
    296
    32

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

    Voltaire
  • 7
    237
    19

    Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

    Voltaire
  • 8
    213
    28

    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
  • 9
    190
    23

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

    Voltaire
  • 10
    335
    91

    Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.

    Voltaire
  • 11
    152
    9

    Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

    Voltaire
  • 12
    142
    6

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

    Voltaire
  • 13
    160
    20

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

    Voltaire
  • 14
    154
    21

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

    Voltaire
  • 15
    137
    14

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

    Voltaire
  • 16
    143
    18

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

    Voltaire
  • 17
    169
    35

    Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

  • 18
    113
    11

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

  • 19
    108
    13

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

    Voltaire
  • 20
    128
    24

    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
  • 21
    116
    18

    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
  • 22
    110
    15

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

    Voltaire
  • 23
    123
    23

    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
  • 24
    95
    11

    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
  • 25
    103
    23

    The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

    Voltaire