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Voltaire Quote: “Ice-cream is exquisite – what a pity it isn’t illegal.”

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

— Voltaire



Voltaire Quote: “Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.”

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Injustice in the end produces independence.”

Injustice in the end produces independence.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.”

To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.”

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Slavery is also as ancient as war, and war as human nature.”

Slavery is also as ancient as war, and war as human nature.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.”

Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion.”

The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.”

He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.”

If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “It is the first law of friendship that it has to be cultivated. The second is to be indulgent when the first law is neglected.”

It is the first law of friendship that it has to be cultivated. The second is to be indulgent when the first law is neglected.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Mortals are equal; their mask differs.”

Mortals are equal; their mask differs.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Chess is a game which reflects most honor on human wit.”

Chess is a game which reflects most honor on human wit.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Go get yourself crucified and then rise on the third day.”

Go get yourself crucified and then rise on the third day.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “He is lifeless that is faultless.”

He is lifeless that is faultless.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.”

In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “This poem will never reach its destination. On Rousseau’s Ode To Posterity.”

This poem will never reach its destination. On Rousseau’s Ode To Posterity.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The famous physician Dumoulin said when dying, ‘I leave two great physicians behind me, simple food and pure water.’”

The famous physician Dumoulin said when dying, ‘I leave two great physicians behind me, simple food and pure water.’

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “There are two things for which animals are to be envied: they know nothing of future evils, or of what people say about them.”

There are two things for which animals are to be envied: they know nothing of future evils, or of what people say about them.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.”

The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The abuse of grace is affectation, as the abuse of the sublime is absurdity; all perfection is nearly a fault.”

The abuse of grace is affectation, as the abuse of the sublime is absurdity; all perfection is nearly a fault.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.”

One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.

— Voltaire


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

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.”

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

— Voltaire


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

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Our priests are not what a silly populace supposes; all their learning consists in our credulity.”

Our priests are not what a silly populace supposes; all their learning consists in our credulity.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one’s fatherland is to wish evil to one’s neighbors. The citizen of the universe would be the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.”

So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one’s fatherland is to wish evil to one’s neighbors. The citizen of the universe would be the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Men fed upon carnage, and drinking strong drinks, have all an impoisoned and acrid blood which drives them mad in a hundred different ways.”

Men fed upon carnage, and drinking strong drinks, have all an impoisoned and acrid blood which drives them mad in a hundred different ways.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “If we do not exert the right of eating our neighbor, it is because we have other means of making good cheer.”

If we do not exert the right of eating our neighbor, it is because we have other means of making good cheer.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The tyranny of the many would be when one body takes over the rights of others, and then exercises its power to change the laws in its favor.”

The tyranny of the many would be when one body takes over the rights of others, and then exercises its power to change the laws in its favor.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.”

I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.”

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Earth is an insane asylum, to which the other planets deport their lunatics.”

Earth is an insane asylum, to which the other planets deport their lunatics.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.”

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.”

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.”

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.”

When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.

— Voltaire


Voltaire 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.”

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.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Truth is a fruit that can only be picked when it is very ripe.”

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.”

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.”

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.”

Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction.”

History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The superfluous, a very necessary thing.”

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.”

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.”

Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “I hate women because they always know where things are.”

I hate women because they always know where things are.

— Voltaire


Voltaire 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.”

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

— Voltaire


Voltaire Quote: “Where there is friendship, there is our natural soil.”

Where there is friendship, there is our natural soil.

— Voltaire

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