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Quote: A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.


Quote: The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool.


Quote: I read these words which are the sum of all moral philosophy, and which cut short all the disputes of the casuists: When in doubt if an action is good or bad, refrain. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I read these words which are the sum of all moral philosophy, and which cut short all the disputes of the casuists: When in doubt if an action is good or bad, refrain.


Quote: History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.


Quote: A physician is an unfortunate gentleman who is every day required to perform a miracle; namely to reconcile health with intemperance. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

A physician is an unfortunate gentleman who is every day required to perform a miracle; namely to reconcile health with intemperance.


Quote: To caress the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten away our heart. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

To caress the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten away our heart.


Quote: What will the preachers say? .. to teach men not to persecute men: for, while a few sanctimonious humbugs are burning a few fanatics, the earth opens and swallows up all alike. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

What will the preachers say? .. to teach men not to persecute men: for, while a few sanctimonious humbugs are burning a few fanatics, the earth opens and swallows up all alike.


Quote: Truth is a fruit that can only be picked when it is very ripe. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Truth is a fruit that can only be picked when it is very ripe.


Quote: Among the illusions which have invested our civilization is an absolute belief that the solutions to our problems must be a more determined application of rationally organized expertise... The reality is that our problems are largely the product of that application. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of Voltaire quote; white text on black background

Among the illusions which have invested our civilization is an absolute belief that the solutions to our problems must be a more determined application of rationally organized expertise... The reality is that our problems are largely the product of that application.


Quote: Self love is the instrument of our preservation. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Self love is the instrument of our preservation.


Quote: In all the disputes which have excited Christians against each other, Rome has invariably decided in favor of that opinion which tended most towards the suppression of the human intellect and the annihilation of the reasoning powers. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

In all the disputes which have excited Christians against each other, Rome has invariably decided in favor of that opinion which tended most towards the suppression of the human intellect and the annihilation of the reasoning powers.


Quote: Hope should no more be a virtue than fear; we fear and we hope, according to what is promised or threatened us. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Hope should no more be a virtue than fear; we fear and we hope, according to what is promised or threatened us.


Quote: It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.


Quote: It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music? by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music?


Quote: God prefers bad verses recited with a pure heart to the finest verses chanted by the wicked. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

God prefers bad verses recited with a pure heart to the finest verses chanted by the wicked.


Quote: When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.


Quote: I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.


Quote: We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.


Quote: The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.


Quote: May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.


Quote: Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero.


Quote: To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid -- one must also be well-mannered. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.


Quote: True prayer lies not in asking for a violation of natural law but in the acceptance of natural law as the unchangeable will of God. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

True prayer lies not in asking for a violation of natural law but in the acceptance of natural law as the unchangeable will of God.


Quote: It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera.


Quote: It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.


Quote: The effervescence of this fresh wine reveals the true brilliance of the French people. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The effervescence of this fresh wine reveals the true brilliance of the French people.


Quote: If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.


Quote: God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: God created sex. Priests created marriage. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

God created sex. Priests created marriage.


Quote: The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.


Quote: Persistence with patience and prayer pays with profits, prosperity and peace of mind. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Persistence with patience and prayer pays with profits, prosperity and peace of mind.


Quote: I acknowledge that four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what our soul is. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I acknowledge that four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what our soul is.


Quote: And to every man has been assigned a good and an evil angel; one assisting him and the other annoying him, from his cradle to his coffin. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

And to every man has been assigned a good and an evil angel; one assisting him and the other annoying him, from his cradle to his coffin.


Quote: When man was put into the garden of eden, he was put there with the idea that he should work the land; and this proves that man was not born to be idle. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

When man was put into the garden of eden, he was put there with the idea that he should work the land; and this proves that man was not born to be idle.


Quote: Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.


Quote: Wine is the divine juice of September. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Wine is the divine juice of September.


Quote: Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.


Quote: Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.


Quote: I also know that we must cultivate our garden. For when man was put in the Garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum, to work; which proves that man was not born for rest. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I also know that we must cultivate our garden. For when man was put in the Garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum, to work; which proves that man was not born for rest.


Quote: We must cultivate our garden. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

We must cultivate our garden.


Quote: The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.


Quote: Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.


Quote: Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.


Quote: Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.


Quote: Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.


Quote: I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.


Quote: The darkness is at its deepest. Just before the sunrise. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The darkness is at its deepest. Just before the sunrise.


Quote: Only your friends steal your books. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Only your friends steal your books.


Quote: 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. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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.


Quote: Man is free at the instant he wants to be. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.


Quote: Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any expirienced in a town when it is under siege. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any expirienced in a town when it is under siege.


Quote: It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.


Quote: I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.


Quote: The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.


Quote: 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. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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.


Quote: If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others? by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?


Quote: Optimism, said Cacambo, What is that? Alas! replied Candide, It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Optimism, said Cacambo, What is that? Alas! replied Candide, It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.


Quote: I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.


Quote: All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws.


Quote: Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.


Quote: I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.


Quote: The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.


Quote: Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.


Quote: As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.


Quote: In every author let us distinguish the man from his works. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.


Quote: Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.


Quote: Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.


Quote: Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.


Quote: Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.


Quote: Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.


Quote: Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.


Quote: What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.


Quote: We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.


Quote: Everything's fine today, that is our illusion. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.


Quote: The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.


Quote: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.


Quote: The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.


Quote: He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.


Quote: The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.


Quote: Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Prejudices are what fools use for reason. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.


Quote: Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.


Quote: This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.


Quote: Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.


Quote: It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.


Quote: 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. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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.


Quote: The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.


Quote: We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.


Quote: I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.


Quote: Tears are the silent language of grief. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Tears are the silent language of grief.


Quote: What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.


Quote: The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.


Quote: It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.


Quote: The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.


Quote: The ear is the avenue to the heart. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The ear is the avenue to the heart.


Quote: Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.


Quote: Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.


Quote: The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.


Quote: Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.


Quote: All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God.


Quote: Nature has always had more force than education. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Nature has always had more force than education.


Quote: Ice-cream is exquisite -- what a pity it isn't illegal. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Ice-cream is exquisite -- what a pity it isn't illegal.


Quote: Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of Voltaire quote; white text on black background

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.


Quote: One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.


Quote: Illusion is the first of all pleasures. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.


Quote: Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.


Quote: It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.


Quote: To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.


Quote: If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him; let us worship God through Jesus if we must -- if ignorance has so far prevailed that this name can still be spoken in all seriousness without being taken as a synonym for rapine and carnage. Every sensible man, every honourable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.


Quote: It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.


Quote: Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: We are rarely proud when we are alone. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

We are rarely proud when we are alone.


Quote: It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.


Quote: The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.


Quote: Clever tyrants are never punished. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

Clever tyrants are never punished.


Quote: In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

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


Quote: It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of photo of author Voltaire with quote

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.


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