Voltaire Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Voltaire quotes, Voltaire sayings, and Voltaire proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

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Don't think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.

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

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We are rarely proud when we are alone.

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The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.     

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Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.     

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The passions are the winds which fill the sails of the vessel; they sink it at times, but without them it would be impossible to make way.     

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Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

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God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.     

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Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

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With great power comes great responsibility.     

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Tears are the silent language of grief.

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History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.     

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No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

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Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too     

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All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.

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

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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

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Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.     

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Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.     

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Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.     

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Beauty pleases the eyes only; Sweetness of disposition charms the soul.      

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The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.     

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If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other's throats; but if you have thirty religions, they dwell in peace.

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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

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What is tolerance?--it is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly--that is the first law of nature.     

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Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

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Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.

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Tears are the silent language of grief.

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The best is the enemy of the good.

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