Voltaire Quotes For Ethical and Political Questions and Essays

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

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

Common sense is genius in homespun. II

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.

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

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

I have always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: “My God, make our enemies very ridiculous!” God has granted it to me.

A witty saying proves nothing.

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.

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

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

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

The best is the enemy of the good.

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

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