Voltaire Quotes

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

Voltaire

Illusion is the first of the pleasures

Voltaire

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.

Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

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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.

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

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Clever tyrants are never punished.

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

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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.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.†

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God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

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Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

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

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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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