Quotes by Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
– Voltaire

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

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

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

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Men employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
– Voltaire

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

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

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We are rarely proud when we are alone.
– Voltaire

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

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