Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

French Satirist, Essayist, Dramatist, Philosopher and Historian

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We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.

What! Have you no monks to teach, to dispute, to govern, to intrigue and to burn people who do not agree with them?

Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am.

You fear the books as some towns feared the violins. Keep reading, and let dance; these two amusements will never do harm to the world.

We offer up prayers to God only because we have made Him after our own image. We treat Him like a Pasha, or a Sultan, who is capable of being exasperated and appeased.

Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.

Which is more dangerous: fanaticism or atheism? Fanaticism is certainly a thousand times more deadly; for atheism inspires no bloody passion whereas fanaticism does; atheism is opposed to crime and fanaticism causes crimes to be committed.

You must have the devil in you to succeed in any of the arts.

We owe respect to the living. To the dead we owe only truth.

Whatever you do, stamp out abuses, and love those who love you.

While loving glory so much how can you persist in a plan which will cause you to lose it?

You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of day? So, O man! because you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.

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

What's Optimism?' asked Cacambo. 'I'm afraid to say,' said Candide, 'that it's a mania for insisting that all is well when things are going badly.

Who does not love freedom and truth can become a powerful man, but great – never.

You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason.

Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.

What a pessimist you are! exclaimed Candide. That is because I know what life is, said Martin.

When a man is in love, jealous, and has been flogged by the Inquisition, he is beside himself.

Who knows more, more is silent

Your destiny is that of a man, and your vows those of a god.

Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.

What can be feared when one is doing one's duty? I know the rage of my enemies. I know all their slanders; but when one only tries to do good to men and when one does not offend heaven, one can fear nothing, neither during life nor after death.

When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

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French Satirist, Essayist, Dramatist, Philosopher and Historian