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  Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Common sense is not so common.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.  
 -  Voltaire
  

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

  Men use thought only to justify their wrong-doings, and speech only to conceal their toughts.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Dare to think for yourself.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Our friends abandon us only too easily, and our enemies are implacable.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  When he who hears doesnt know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks doesnt know what he himself means - that is philosophy.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  He who thinks himself wise, O Heavens! is a great fool.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Paradise is where I am.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Who has not the spirit of his age, of his age has all the unhappiness.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  There are men who can think no deeper than a fact.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  In this country (England) it is useful from time to time to kill one admiral in order to encourage the others.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Prejudices are what fools use for reason.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Work keeps us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Change everything, except your loves.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  History is no more than the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Orgies: participate once, you're a philosopher; twice, a pervert.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The best is the enemy of the good.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature effects the cure.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Friendship is the marriage of the soul.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Love truth, but pardon error.  
 -  Voltaire
  

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

  Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others like?  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The superfluous, a very necessary thing.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  All the reasons of a man cannot outweigh a single feeling of a woman.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Anything too stupid to be said is sung.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Who has not the spirit of his age, of his age has all the unhappiness.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Change everything, ecxept your loves.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Our friends abandon us only too easily, and our enemies are implacable.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Friendship is the marriage of the soul.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.  
 -  Voltaire
  

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

  The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature effects the cure.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Paradise is where I am.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Love truth, but pardon error.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  He who thinks himself wise, O Heavens! is a great fool.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  All the reasons of a man cannot outweigh a single feeling of a woman.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Work keeps us from three evils: boredom, vice and need.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Work keeps us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  History is no more than the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Our friends abandon us only too easily, and our enemies are implacable.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The best is the enemy of the good.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature effects the cure.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Men use thought only to justify their wrongdoings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  In this country (England) it is useful from time to time to kill one admiral in order to encourage the others.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Prejudices are what fools use for reason.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Orgies: participate once, you're a philosopher; twice, a pervert.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Men use thought only to justify their wrongdoings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Anything too stupid to be said is sung.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Judge others by their questions rather than by their answers.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Tears are the silent language of grief.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  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.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.  
 -  Voltaire
  

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

  Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Judge others by their questions rather than by their answers.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Prejudices are what fools use for reason.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Once the people begin to reason, all is lost  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.  
 -  Voltaire