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

    Voltaire
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    387
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    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

    Voltaire
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    410
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    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”- voltaire

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    341
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    Common sense is not so common.

    Voltaire
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    344
    38

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

    Voltaire
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    313
    33

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

    Voltaire
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    222
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    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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    193
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    If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

    Voltaire
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    246
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    Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

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

    Voltaire
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    159
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    When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

    Voltaire
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    146
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    All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.

    Voltaire
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    153
    22

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

    Voltaire
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    174
    36

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

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    110
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    My life is a battle.

    Voltaire
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    130
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    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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    120
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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.

    Voltaire
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    111
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    "The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks."

    Voltaire
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    124
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    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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    117
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    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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    108
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    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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    105
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    The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

    Voltaire
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    86
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    Tears are the silent language of grief.

    Voltaire
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    116
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    Beware of the words, internal security, for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor.

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