Voltaire Quotes

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Voltaire

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.

Voltaire

Only your friends steal your books

Voltaire

It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.

Voltaire

Once the people begin to reason, all is lost

Voltaire

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

Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.

Voltaire

The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.

Voltaire

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

Voltaire

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.

Voltaire

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