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.


Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.     

Voltaire

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.     

Voltaire

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.     

Voltaire

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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A witty saying proves nothing.     

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The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.     

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

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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.     

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

Voltaire

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.     

Voltaire

It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.     

Voltaire

Fear follows crime and is its punishment.     

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

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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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Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.     

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

Voltaire

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.      

Voltaire

We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization.     

Voltaire

England has forty-two religions and only two sauces.     

Voltaire

What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.     

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Nature has always had more force than education.     

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Clever tyrants are never punished.     

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

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Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.     

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History never repeats itself. Man always does.     

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This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.     

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The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool.     

Voltaire

Exaggeration, the inseparable companion of greatness.     

Voltaire

A physician is an unfortunate gentleman who is every day required to perform a miracle; namely to reconcile health with intemperance.     

Voltaire