"The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing." — Voltaire

Voltaire Quotes

Voltaire Quotes – 25 The Best Ones

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

“‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
— Voltaire

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

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”
— Voltaire

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
— Voltaire

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
— Voltaire (Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede, Professeur de Théologie à Genève, par un Proposant: Ou Extrait de Diverses Lettres de M. de Voltaire)

“Common sense is not so common.”
— Voltaire (A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary)

“Love truth, but pardon error.”
— Voltaire

“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”
(Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)”
— Voltaire

“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.”
— Voltaire

“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?”
— Voltaire (Candide: or, Optimism)

“Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”
— Voltaire

“God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.”
— Voltaire

“Dare to think for yourself.”
— Voltaire

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
— Voltaire

“God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.”
— Voltaire

“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies.”
(Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan.)”
— Voltaire

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
— Voltaire (The Age of Louis XIV (Everyman’s Library #780))

“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”
— Voltaire (Candide)

“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.”
— Voltaire

“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”
(Sept Discours en Vers sur l’Homme, 1738)”
— Voltaire

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”
— Voltaire

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”
— Voltaire (Zadig)

“Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.”
— Voltaire (The Works: Voltaire)

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
— Voltaire (Traité sur la tolérance, à l’occasion de la mort de Jean Calas)

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