Voltaire Quotes

If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.

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Superstitious man is to the rogue what the slave is to the tyrant

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Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons.

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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.

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

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Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

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

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Only your friends steal your books

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It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion

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

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

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The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.

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Once the people begin to reason, all is lost

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

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Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

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