Quotes by: Voltaire

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The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
Voltaire
Religion was instituted to make us happy in this life and in the other. What must we do to be happy in the life to come? Be just.
Voltaire
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
Voltaire
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
Voltaire
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Voltaire
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Voltaire
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Voltaire
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
Voltaire
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
Voltaire
Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.
Voltaire
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
Voltaire
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
Voltaire
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Voltaire
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Voltaire
We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.
Voltaire
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