Voltaire Quotes and Sayings

Voltaire French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. ~Voltaire

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

Love truth, and pardon error. ~Voltaire

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

Common sense is not so common. ~Voltaire

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. ~Voltaire

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

The public is a ferocious beast -- one must either chain it up or flee from it. ~Voltaire

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

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire

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

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire

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

A witty saying proves nothing. ~Voltaire

The secret of being boring is to say everything. ~Voltaire

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. ~Voltaire

Anything too stupid to be said is sung. ~Voltaire

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. ~Voltaire

When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. ~Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. ~Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one. ~Voltaire