Quotes by Voltaire

Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.
– Voltaire

The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.
– Voltaire

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
– Voltaire

Men use thought only to justify their wrong-doings, and words only to conceal their thoughts.
– Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.
– Voltaire

We are rarely proud when we are alone.
– Voltaire

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

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
– 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

Injustice in the end produces independence.
– Voltaire

What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.
– Voltaire

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
– Voltaire

If you wish to converse with me,
define your terms.
– Voltaire

It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.
– Voltaire

Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.
– Voltaire

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Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
– Voltaire

Men employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
– Voltaire

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

All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.
– Voltaire

I hold firmly to my original views. After all I am a philosopher.
– Voltaire

Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
– Voltaire

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