Voltaire Quotes

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.

Originality Quotes, Imitation Quotes, Writers Quotes

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

Women Quotes, Men Quotes, Worth Quotes

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

Appreciation Quotes, Wonder Quotes


Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.

Women Quotes

Wise Words is the only adventure open to the cowardly

Wise Words Quotes

Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.

Weakness Quotes

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

Law Quotes, Nature Quotes, Weakness Quotes

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.

Love Quotes, Vision Quotes

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

Virtue Quotes

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

Age Quotes, Energy Quotes, Virtue Quotes

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

Virtue Quotes, Mind Quotes

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

Opinion Quotes, Trouble Quotes

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.

Humanity Quotes, Tolerance Quotes, Law Quotes, Nature Quotes

Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.

Tolerance Quotes, Religion Quotes

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

Great Quotes, Thought Quotes

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.

Thought Quotes, Authority Quotes, Injustice Quotes

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

Awareness Quotes, Thought Quotes, Meditation Quotes, Thinking Quotes

What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.

Feeling Quotes, Power Quotes, Thinking Quotes

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

Thinking Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Sorrow Quotes

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.

Sacrifice Quotes, Evil Quotes, Grace Quotes

Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.

Reputation Quotes, Respect Quotes, Men Quotes

To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.

Truth Quotes, Respect Quotes

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

Great Quotes, Pride Quotes

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

Prejudice Quotes

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

God Quotes, Prayer Quotes, Enemies Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Great Quotes, Power Quotes

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

Faith Quotes, Power Quotes

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

Poetry Quotes

History should be written as philosophy.

History Quotes, Philosophy Quotes

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

Time Quotes, Perfection Quotes

Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.

Control Quotes, Passion Quotes

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.

Great Quotes, Pain Quotes

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

Optimism Quotes

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

Love Quotes, Imagination Quotes, Nature Quotes

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

Art Quotes, Nature Quotes

Nature has always had more force than education.

Education Quotes, Nature Quotes

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

Art Quotes, Money Quotes

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

Time Quotes, Truth Quotes, Men Quotes

Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.

Men Quotes

All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God.

Knowledge Quotes, Men Quotes

Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.

Marriage Quotes

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

Marriage Quotes

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

Love Quotes

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

Love Quotes, Heart Quotes

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.

Love Quotes, Heart Quotes, Hell Quotes

Tears are the silent language of grief.

Language Quotes

Injustice in the end produces independence.

Dependence Quotes, Injustice Quotes

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.

History Quotes

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

History Quotes

4 Top Voltaire quotes about Religion

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.

Truth Quotes, Power Quotes, Religion Quotes

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

Money Quotes, Religion Quotes

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.

Astrology Quotes, Religion Quotes

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

Astrology Quotes, Religion Quotes

6 Famous Voltaire quotes about Life

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.

Life Quotes

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

Life Quotes

My life is a struggle.

Life Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Deals Quotes

Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.

Life Quotes, Work Quotes

The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

Death Quotes, Life Quotes, Conscience Quotes, Fear Quotes

4 Popular Voltaire quotes about God

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

God Quotes

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

God Quotes

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

God Quotes

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.

God Quotes

4 Amazing Voltaire quotes about Work

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.

Work Quotes

The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.

Work Quotes

We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.

Work Quotes

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.

Work Quotes, Beauty Quotes