144+ EXCLUSIVE Voltaire Quotes To Enrich Your Perspective

François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher. His intelligence, wit, and style made him one of the greatest writers. His greatest works include the satirical novella Candide and the tragic play Zaïre. Famous Voltaire quotes will broaden your thinking and inspire you to be free.

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Voltaire Quotes

The best is the enemy of the good. ― Voltaire

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. ― Voltaire

Common sense is not so common. ― Voltaire

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. ― Voltaire

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Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. ― Voltaire

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

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time. ― Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing. ― Voltaire

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It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. ― Voltaire

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ― Voltaire

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. ― Voltaire

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

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Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce. ― Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do. ― Voltaire

Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too. ― Voltaire

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. ― Voltaire

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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. ― Voltaire

If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize. ― Voltaire

The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes. ― Voltaire

Let us cultivate our garden. ― Voltaire

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Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it. ― Voltaire

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. ― Voltaire

The more you read without thinking, the more you think you know a lot but the more you meditate, the more you see that you know very little. ― Voltaire

Love truth, but pardon error. ― Voltaire

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It is forbidden to kill; therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ― 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

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part, I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. ― Voltaire

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

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Beware of the words “internal security,” for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor. ― Voltaire

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. ― Voltaire

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood. ― Voltaire

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

voltaire quotes on freedom

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies, it is the first law of nature. ― Voltaire

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

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? ― Voltaire

The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom. ― Voltaire

voltaire quotes on common sense

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. ― Voltaire

Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively. ― Voltaire

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one. ― Voltaire

Tears are the silent language of grief. ― Voltaire

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Paradise is where I am. ― Voltaire

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong. ― Voltaire

Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money. ― Voltaire

The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy. ― Voltaire

voltaire quotes about knowledge

When it comes to money, everybody is of the same religion. ― Voltaire

Injustice, in the end, produces independence. ― Voltaire

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. ― Voltaire

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. ― Voltaire

voltaire quotes about happiness

May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies. ― Voltaire

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. ― Voltaire

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference. ― Voltaire

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. ― Voltaire

voltaire inspiring quotes

Love is the most powerful of all passions. ― Voltaire

I’ve decided to be happy because it is good for my health. ― Voltaire

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

Faith consists in believing what reason cannot. ― Voltaire

quotes by voltaire on freedom of speech

The more a man knows, the less he talks. ― Voltaire

I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way. ― Voltaire

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. ― Voltaire

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. ― Voltaire

Best Voltaire Quotes on Love, Life and Freedom

  • We must cultivate our own garden. ― Voltaire
  • Democracy is just a filler for textbooks! Do you actually believe that public opinion influences the government? ― Voltaire
  • He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool. ― Voltaire
  • Life is too short, time too valuable, to spend it on what is useless. ― Voltaire
  • ‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ― Voltaire
  • Common sense is both rarer and more desirable in leaders than mere intelligence. ― Voltaire
  • All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women. ― Voltaire
  • Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. ― Voltaire
  • The system of equality has always seemed a fool’s pride. ― Voltaire
  • As long as there are rogues and fools, there will be religious. Ours is unquestionably the most ridiculous and most absurd and bloodiest ever infected the world. ― Voltaire
  • I do not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death for your right to say. ― Voltaire
  • The human species is the only one who knows she must die. ― Voltaire
  • The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible to a class of citizens to give to another. ― Voltaire
  • Men with wise laws, customs have always insane. ― Voltaire
  • The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself. ― Voltaire
  • The world embarrasses me, and I cannot think that this clock exists and has developed a watchmaker. ― Voltaire
  • By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. ― Voltaire
  • We love life, but none do not let having a good. ― Voltaire
  • In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. ― Voltaire
  • The work us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. ― 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
  • As is the abuse of despotism of the monarchy, anarchy is the abuse of democracy. ― Voltaire
  • Politics has its source in evil than in the greatness of the human spirit. ― Voltaire
  • Fanaticism is superstition that the transport is at a fever, that rage is to anger. ― Voltaire
  • When the mob gets involved in reasoning, all is lost. ― Voltaire

Inspirational Voltaire Quotes to Think More Rationally

  • Prejudices are what fools use for reason. ― Voltaire
  • If this is the best of possible worlds, what are the others? ― Voltaire
  • Illusion is the first of all pleasures. ― Voltaire
  • Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes. ― Voltaire
  • I stop to die if I had a good word. ― Voltaire
  • Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels. ― Voltaire
  • It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to convict an innocent man. ― Voltaire
  • The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days. ― Voltaire
  • It is expedient that the people should be guided, and not that he is educated, he is not worthy of being. ― Voltaire
  • When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics. ― Voltaire
  • Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country and is a living lesson. ― Voltaire
  • The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. ― Voltaire
  • The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it. ― Voltaire
  • To hold a pen is to be at war. ― Voltaire
  • Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts. ― Voltaire
  • Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. ― Voltaire
  • In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another. ― Voltaire
  • Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. ― Voltaire
  • Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them. ― Voltaire
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. ― Voltaire
  • Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth. ― Voltaire
  • When men do not have healthy notions of the Divinity, false ideas supplant them, just as in bad times one uses counterfeit money when there is no good money. ― Voltaire

Top Famous Voltaire Quotes on Happiness, Education and Democracy

  • It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. ― Voltaire
  • It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. ― Voltaire
  • One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. ― 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
  • He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. ― Voltaire
  • he mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes. ― Voltaire
  • The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. ― Voltaire
  • Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed. ― Voltaire
  • Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors. ― Voltaire
  • The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year. ― Voltaire
  • No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for.― Voltaire
  • Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him. ― Voltaire
  • The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death. ― Voltaire
  • Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion. ― Voltaire
  • If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated. ― Voltaire
  • It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love. ― Voltaire
  • Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. ― Voltaire
  • I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow. ― Voltaire
  • The superfluous, a very necessary thing. ― Voltaire
  • The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil. ― Voltaire
  • The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. ― Voltaire
  • This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it. ― Voltaire
  • The secret of being a bore… is to tell everything. ― Voltaire
  • He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. ― Voltaire
  • Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all. ― Voltaire
  • Everyone goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. ― Voltaire
  • Satire lies about literary men while they live, and eulogy lies about them when they die. ― Voltaire
  • The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom. ― Voltaire
  • We cannot wish for that we know not. ― Voltaire
  • Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. ― Voltaire
  • We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved. ― Voltaire
  • We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. ― Voltaire
  • He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. ― Voltaire
  • No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ― Voltaire
  • The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. ― Voltaire
  • The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity. ― Voltaire
  • The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. ― Voltaire
  • It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow. ― Voltaire
  • Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time. ― Voltaire