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.


To succeed in this world, it is not enough to be stupid, you must be well-mannered.     

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Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.     

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Illusion is the first of all pleasures.     

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One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.     

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In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.     

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Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice.     

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One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.     

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Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.     

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Dress changes the manners.     

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The secret of being boring is to say everything.     

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

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The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.     

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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.     

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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.     

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Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.     

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So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.     

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Labor rids us of three great evils poverty, vice, and boredom.     

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Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.     

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No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.     

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

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Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.     

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

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No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.     

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Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.     

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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.     

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Tears are the silent language of grief.     

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It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.     

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

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

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Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice.     

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