35 Fascinating Voltaire Quotes That Will Make You Feel Enlightened

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Motivational Voltaire Quotes

Voltaire is one of history's most prominent philosophers and writers. Known for his contributions during the French Enlightenment, we still find value in his beliefs and teachings to this day. These uplifting quotes will instill knowledge and peace in even the most closed-minded people.

His quotes cover everything from religion, to politics, and far beyond. Voltaire even makes use of sarcasm as he attempts to get his points across. Since we still rely on and learn from his teachings today today, there must be some truth to his words.

As one of the most respected philosophers in history, Voltaire has plenty to share with us. Allow these inspiring quotes to change your mindset and view life more critically. Above all, Voltaire encourages us to think deeply and question the world around us.

Worthwhile Voltaire Quotes

  • "It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape."

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

  • "We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly."

  • "We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard."

  • "Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes."

  • "Everything's fine today, that is our illusion."

  • "We are rarely proud when we are alone."

  • "It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue."

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

  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too."

  • "It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one."

  • "Prejudices are what fools use for reason."

Inspiring Voltaire Quotes

  • "The ear is the avenue to the heart."

  • "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."

  • "Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."

  • "Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."

  • "Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity."

  • "God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."

  • "Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers."

  • "Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination."

  • "In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another."

  • "Tears are the silent language of grief."

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

  • "The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."

Moving Voltaire Quotes

  • "What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature."

  • "Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes."

  • "Fear follows crime and is its punishment."

  • "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."

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

  • "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."

  • "Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them."

  • "Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts."

  • "Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable."

  • "By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property."

  • "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do."

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