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About Voltaire

Voltaire

Life: 1694 - 1778

Country: fr flag France

Profession: Writer; Philosopher;

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 - 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. A satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize Christian Church dogma and the French institutions of his day.

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Quotations

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

~ Voltaire

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.

~ Voltaire

When it's a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

~ Voltaire

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.

~ Voltaire

As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.

~ Voltaire

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

~ Voltaire

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

~ Voltaire

A long dispute means both parties are wrong.

~ Voltaire

If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.

~ Voltaire

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.

~ Voltaire

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream
That this watch exists and has no watchmaker.

~ Voltaire

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.

~ Voltaire

If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him.

~ Voltaire

If God has created us in His image, we have more than returned the compliment.

~ Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

~ Voltaire

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

~ Voltaire

History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.

~ Voltaire

History is just a portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.

~ Voltaire

Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.

~ Voltaire
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