Voltaire’s quotes | very inspirational | Motivational

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

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

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

“Common sense is not so common.”

“Love truth, but pardon error.”

“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?”

“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”

“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.”

“God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.”

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”

“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”

“Dare to think for yourself.”

“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.”

“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.)”

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.”

“God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.”

“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”

“Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.”

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