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Voltaire Quotes

(1694-1778), French Historian, Writer

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

Category: Superstition

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

Category: Surprises

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

Category: Taxes And Taxation

Tears are the silent language of grief.

Category: Tears

Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.

Category: Theory

They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.

Category: Thoughts And Thinking

It is only through timidity that states are lost.

Category: Timidity

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.

Category: Translation

To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.

Category: Truth

Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.

Category: Truth

Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.

Category: Vice

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.

Category: Virginity

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

Category: Wisdom

Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.

Category: Work

You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.

Category: Writers And Writing