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All kinds are good except the kind that bores you. ~Voltaire - Bores and Boredom
To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted. ~Voltaire - Truth
You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it. ~Voltaire - Writers and Writing
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. ~Voltaire - Courtesy
A witty saying proves nothing. ~Voltaire - Speech
The discover of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy. ~Voltaire - Practice
Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness. ~Voltaire - Exaggeration
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best. ~Voltaire - God
The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors. ~Voltaire - Opinions
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. ~Voltaire - Death and Dying
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read. ~Voltaire - Poetry and Poets
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason. ~Voltaire - Reason
History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead. ~Voltaire - History and Historians
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. ~Voltaire - Enemies
History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes. ~Voltaire - History and Historians
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms. ~Voltaire - Lies and Lying
Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. ~Voltaire - Rest
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one. ~Voltaire - Certainty
My life is a battle. ~Voltaire - Life and Living
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. ~Voltaire - Reason
Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers. ~Voltaire - Government
The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy. ~Voltaire - Philosophers and Philosophy
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. ~Voltaire - Retirement
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. ~Voltaire - Wisdom
They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts. ~Voltaire - Thoughts and Thinking
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 - Doctors
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. ~Voltaire - Taxes and Taxation
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. ~Voltaire - Marriage
Common sense is not so common. ~Voltaire - Common Sense
God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions. ~Voltaire - God
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. ~Voltaire - Government
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. ~Voltaire - Medicine
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere. ~Voltaire - Freedom
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother. ~Voltaire - Superstition
Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself. ~Voltaire - Reform
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient. ~Voltaire - Divorce
It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music. ~Voltaire - Poetry and Poets
My prayer to God is a very short one: ''O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous!'' God has granted it. ~Voltaire - Prayer
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. ~Voltaire - Government
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless. ~Voltaire - Punishment
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books. ~Voltaire - Books and Reading
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire - Freedom of Speech
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time. ~Voltaire - Patience
The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it. ~Voltaire - People
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself. ~Voltaire - Surprises
We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly. ~Voltaire - Manners
Self-love is the instrument of our preservation. ~Voltaire - Self-love
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker. ~Voltaire - Creation
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. ~Voltaire - Work
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 - Age and Aging
If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness. ~Voltaire - Multiculturalism
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks. ~Voltaire - Frankness
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. ~Voltaire - Fate
We owe respect to the living. To the dead we owe only truth. ~Voltaire - Respectability
The superfluous is very necessary. ~Voltaire - Necessity
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 - Conformity
I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one. ~Voltaire - Law and Lawyers
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. ~Voltaire - Love
When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy. ~Voltaire - Philosophers and Philosophy
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. ~Voltaire - Questions
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong ~Voltaire - Argument
Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals. ~Voltaire - Idleness
Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable. ~Voltaire - Theory
I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race. ~Voltaire - Service
It is not known precisely where angels dwell -- whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire - Angels
All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. ~Voltaire - Books and Reading
Prejudices are what fools use for reason. ~Voltaire - Prejudice
I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age. ~Voltaire - Doctors
When he to whom a person speaks does not understand, and he who speaks does not understand himself, that is metaphysics. ~Voltaire - Metaphysics
Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. ~Voltaire - Doctors
He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage. ~Voltaire - Courage
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. ~Voltaire - Ancestry
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature. ~Voltaire - Faults
Liberty, then, about which so many volumes have been written is, when accurately defined, only the power of acting. ~Voltaire - Freedom
Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is. ~Voltaire - Metaphysics
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. ~Voltaire - Life and Living
One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly. ~Voltaire - Coward and Cowardice
Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels. ~Voltaire - Argument
The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force. ~Voltaire - Freedom
Tears are the silent language of grief. ~Voltaire - Tears
Work is often the father of pleasure. ~Voltaire - Pleasure
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. ~Voltaire - Questions
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. ~Voltaire - Song and Singing
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. ~Voltaire - God
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new. ~Voltaire - Adventure
In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. ~Voltaire - News
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 - Animals
He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery. ~Voltaire - Spirit and Spirituality
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. ~Voltaire - Appreciation
Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice. ~Voltaire - Revolutions and Revolutionaries
It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions. ~Voltaire - Fashion
What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon. ~Voltaire - Fame
You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts. ~Voltaire - Devil
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed. ~Voltaire - Churches
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great. ~Voltaire - Pride
Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe. ~Voltaire - Truth
Men argue, nature acts. ~Voltaire - Argument
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it. ~Voltaire - Character
In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others. ~Voltaire - Army and Navy
It is only through timidity that states are lost. ~Voltaire - Timidity
This poem will never reach its destination. On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity
~Voltaire - Poetry and Poets
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. ~Voltaire - Money
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ~Voltaire - Problems
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. ~Voltaire - Virginity
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable. ~Voltaire - Vice
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them. ~Voltaire - Superstition
Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him. ~Voltaire - Greed
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference. ~Voltaire - Equality
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. ~Voltaire - Translation
How I like the boldness of the English, how I like the people who say what they think! ~Voltaire - Nationalities and Nationalism
The best is the enemy of the good. ~Voltaire - Excellence
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. ~Voltaire - God
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism. ~Voltaire - Originality
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel. ~Voltaire - Passion
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. ~Voltaire - Friends and Friendship
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. ~Voltaire - Self-love
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. ~Voltaire - Evil
Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures. ~Voltaire - Pleasure
I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas. ~Voltaire - Imagination

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