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Voltaire quotes

We are rarely proud when we are alone.

I hate women because they always know where things are.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.

He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.

It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

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

Common sense is not so common.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

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

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

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.

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

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

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

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

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