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Voltaire Quotes

(1694-1778), French Historian, Writer

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.

Category: Adventure

Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.

Category: Age And Aging

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

Category: Ancestry

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.

Category: Angels

Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

Category: Animals

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.

Category: Appreciation

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong

Category: Argument

Men argue, nature acts.

Category: Argument

Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.

Category: Argument

In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others.

Category: Army And Navy

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

Category: Books And Reading

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.

Category: Books And Reading

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

Category: Certainty

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.

Category: Character