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.)
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Common sense is not so common.
Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
All Voltaire quotes ⇑
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
Give me the patience for the small things of life, courage for the great trials of life. Help me to do my best each day and then go to sleep knowing God is awake.
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.
The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.