I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-08-21 (visit:820) - Voltaire dance reading
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:483) - Voltaire humor
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-08-21 (visit:735) - Voltaire thinking question
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:533) - Voltaire religion god
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:714) - Voltaire Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede, Professeur de Théologie à Genève, par un Proposant: Ou Extrait de Diverses Lettres de M. de Voltaire atheism absurd
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:802) - Voltaire wisdom learning knowledge
God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:536) - Voltaire god
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
政府が間違いを犯しているとき、正義を貫くのは危険である。- フランソワ＝マリー・A・ヴォルテールQusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:669) - Voltaire The Age of Louis XIV freedom
Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire.
(The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.)"
(Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme, 1738)Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:565) - Voltaire writing
Ice-cream is exquisite.
What a pity it isn't illegal.
I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:1010) - Voltaire Candide: or, Optimism mortality
Il est bien malaisé ... d'ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu'ils révèrent.
(It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.)Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:532) - Voltaire Le Dner Du Comte de Boulainvilliers. Par Mr. St. Hiacinte life philosophy freedom
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:649) - Voltaire faith reason
Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:600) - Voltaire
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:628) - Voltaire
Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:607) - Voltaire
Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:737) - Voltaire
It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:505) - Voltaire books
The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:812) - Voltaire
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:593) - Voltaire
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:608) - Voltaire
Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:672) - Voltaire
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as wellQusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:553) - Voltaire
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:573) - Voltaire
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:624) - Voltaire Zadig judgment mercy
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.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:606) - Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary ignorance
You're a bitter man," said Candide.
That's because I've lived," said Martin.
I should like to know which is worse: to be ravished a hundred times by pirates, and have a buttock cut off, and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians, and be flogged and hanged in an auto-da-fe, and be dissected, and have to row in a galley -- in short, to undergo all the miseries we have each of us suffered -- or simply to sit here and do nothing?'
That is a hard question,' said Candide.
Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:614) - Voltaire
I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:590) - Voltaire love
The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:598) - Voltaire truth
But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad," replied Martin.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:608) - Voltaire Candide world
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:617) - Voltaire health
May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:697) - Voltaire
Do you believe,' said Candide, 'that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?'
Do you believe,' said Martin, 'that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?
I read only to please myself, and enjoy only what suits my taste.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:689) - Voltaire Candide and Other Tales
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:636) - Voltaire life
If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other’s throats; but if you have thirty religions, they will dwell in peaceQusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:552) - Voltaire
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated."
(Notebooks)Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:589) - Voltaire atheism
Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:469) - Voltaire
It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:724) - Voltaire belief
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm usQusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:510) - Voltaire
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:617) - Voltaire success
I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:642) - Voltaire
Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:554) - 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.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:699) - Voltaire life
Dont think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:714) - Voltaire money
If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:672) - Voltaire Candide optimism
The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important aims of philosophy.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-14 (visit:630) - Voltaire
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-08-21 (visit:574) - Voltaire
François-Marie Arouet (French pronunciation: ; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (pronounced: ), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poetry, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke, Richard Price, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Émilie du Châtelet) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.