42 Quotes From Voltaire About Freedom, Love, Governments and more

Voltaire was a born in 1694 in Paris. He was an enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher. His quotes are known to be witty, as well as critical of the French establishment.

He was an advocate of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation between the church and state.

Below are 29 of the best and most famous quotes. Enjoy reading.

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Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Voltaire
One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
Voltaire
If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticise.
Voltaire
The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.
Voltaire
Common sense is genius in homespun.
Voltaire
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Voltaire
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Voltaire
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Voltaire
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
Voltaire

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He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
Voltaire
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Voltaire
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
Voltaire
The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech.
Voltaire
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Voltaire
If there’s life on other planets, then the earth is the Universe’s insane asylum.
Voltaire
Everything you say should be true, but not everything true should be said.
Voltaire
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Voltaire
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
Voltaire
Doctors put drugs of which they know little into bodies of which they know less for diseases of which they know nothing at all.
Voltaire
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.
Voltaire
It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
Voltaire
Common sense is not so common.
Voltaire
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
Voltaire
The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.
Voltaire
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
Voltaire
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
Voltaire
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.
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
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
Voltaire
The more a man knows, the less he talks.
Voltaire
Beware of the words "internal security," for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor.
Voltaire
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
Voltaire
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
Voltaire
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
Voltaire
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
Voltaire
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
Voltaire
It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.
Voltaire
The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
Voltaire
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
Voltaire
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
Voltaire

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