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.


It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.     

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It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.     

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Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.     

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Doctrine of reincarnation is neither absurd nor useless. It is not more surprising to be born twice than once.     

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Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.     

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Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.     

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In France every man is either an anvil or a hammer; he is a beater or must be beaten.     

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

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I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.     

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Almost all life depends on probabilities.     

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Titles are of no value to posterity; the name of a man who has achieved great deeds imposes more respect than any or all epithets.     

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The post is the grand connecting link of all transactions, of all negotiations. Those who are absent, by its means become present; it is the consolation of life.     

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One should always aim at being interesting, rather than exact.     

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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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The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.     

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Exaggeration, the inseparable companion of greatness.     

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The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.     

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Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.     

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All pleasantry should be short; and it might even be as well were the serious short also.      

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Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.      

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

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All is for the best in the best of all possible ways.     

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What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.     

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The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it.     

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I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.     

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Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.     

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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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All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws.     

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Will is wish, and liberty is power.     

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Superstition sets the whole world in flames, but philosophy douses them.     

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