François-Marie Arouet(1694-1778) better known as Voltaire, he was a French writer, philosopher, historian and lawyer. Considered as one of the main representatives of the Enlightenment, a historical period that opted for the power of human reason, science and respect for humanity. Find on this page the best compilation of Voltaire phrases to inspire you every day.
Voltaire famous quotes
Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.
Life is a shipwreck, but do not forget to sing in lifeboats.
The human brain is a complex organ, with the wonderful power to make man find reasons to continue believing what he wants to believe.
The longer we stop in our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.
Being unable to make people more reasonable, I have preferred to be happy away from them.
What we call chance is not and cannot be but the ignored cause of an unknown effect.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and under the sound of trumpets.
The superfluous, something very necessary.
The world embarrasses me, and I can't dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
Common sense is not so common.
Perfection is achieved slowly, slowly; It requires the hand of time.
I don't know where I'm going, but I am on my way.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that everything is fine when we are miserable.
It is not enough to win; You have to learn to seduce.
If this is the best of all possible worlds, then how are the others?
Man is free the moment he wants to be.
There are truths that are not for all men, nor for all times.
History never repeats. The man is always done.
To be successful in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you also have to be polite.
Freedom of thought is the life of the soul.
The happiest of all lives is a busy loneliness.
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to rise above the ideas of the time.
With books it is as with men: a very small number plays a great role.
Madness is thinking about too many things too fast, or one thing too exclusively.
Minds differ even more than faces.
We never live; We are always in the expectation of life.
God gave us the gift of life; Now it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Judge a man by his questions instead of by his answers.
The comfort of the rich depends on an abundant supply of the poor.
The greatest consolation in life is saying what you think.
For the living we must respect each other, but with the dead we owe only the truth.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
There is a big difference between talking about cheating, and being silent to be impenetrable.
Love is a fabric decorated with nature and embroidered by imagination.
It is not inequality the real misfortune, it is dependence.
The secret of boring people is saying everything.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than condemning an innocent.
Those who believe that money does everything, end up doing everything for money.
Every man is guilty of everything good he did not do.
Men are equal; and it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Is politics anything other than the art of lying deliberately?
Paradise is where I am.
It's hard to free fools from the chains they worship.
We cannot always force; But we can always talk in a pleasant way.
Only he who knows how to limit his desires is immensely rich.
You have to be very ignorant to answer all the questions asked.
The secret of not getting annoying is knowing when to stop.
I proclaim out loud freedom of thought and die who does not think like me.
The weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all fights.
Our work preserves us from three great evils: tiredness, vice and need.
The opportunity to do evil is one hundred times a day, and to do good once in a year.
Four thousand volumes of metaphysics do not teach us what the soul is.
The examples correct much better than the reprimands.
A great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
It is not always up to us to be poor; but it is always up to us to respect our poverty.
All the reasoning of men is not worth a feeling of women.
I know the people: it changes in one day. He lavishly lays his hatred as much as his love.
Uncertainty is an awkward position, but certainty is absurd.
Random is a meaningless word, nothing can exist without cause.
I don't agree with what you say, but I would fight so you could say it.
Change pleasures, but don't change friends.
Who does not have all the intelligence of his age, has all his misfortune.
The perfect is an enemy of the good.
Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
The current man has been born either to live among the convulsions of restlessness, or in the lethargy of boredom.
We say a foolishness and by repeating it we end up believing it.
We look for happiness, but without knowing where, just like drunks look for their house, knowing they have one.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
A collection of thoughts must be a pharmacy where there is a remedy for all evils.
The idiocy is an extraordinary disease, it is not the sick person who suffers for it, but the others.
He who is too small has a great pride.
Self-love, like the mechanism of reproduction of the human race, is necessary, it causes us pleasure and we must hide it.
All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God.
No problem can resist the assault of sustained thought.
Is there anyone wise enough to learn from the experience of others?
If you ever see a Swiss banker jump out the window, jump behind. Surely there is something to gain.
When it comes to money, everyone is of the same religion.
My God, deliver me from my friends! I take care of the enemies.
Happiness always awaits us somewhere, but on condition that we do not go looking for it.
Civilization did not suppress barbarism; He perfected it and made it more cruel and barbaric.
He who reveals the secret of others goes through a traitor; he who reveals his own secret goes through moron.
The pleasure provided by governing must be very great, since there are so many who aspire to do so.
In the contempt of ambition is one of the essential principles of happiness on earth.
Ignorance affirms or denies flatly; Science doubts.
One of the superstitions of the human being is to believe that virginity is a virtue.
I die worshiping God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and hating superstition.
Using, not abusing ... neither abstinence nor excess never makes man happy.
For the wicked, everything serves as a pretext.
Tears are the silent language of pain.
Nature has always had more strength in education.
If we don't find anything very nice, at least we'll find something new.
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