Favorite Voltaire Quotes

Fifteen quotes from one of the leading figures from the Enlightenment.

  1. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
  2. A witty saying proves nothing.
  3. We must cultivate our garden.
  4. Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
  5. It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
  6. To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
  7. Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
  8. The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
  9. God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.
  10. Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
  11. God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
  12. Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.
  13. 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.
  14. You’re a bitter man,” said Candide. That’s because I’ve lived,” said Martin.
  15. Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.

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