Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) was a French philosopher and writer.
His body of work includes more than 2,000 novels, poems, letters and plays. He did not support the Catholic Church and he was an advocate of freedom of religion and freedom of expression. He was a major figure of the Age of Enlightenment and he is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of all time.
His Personal Life
He was born in Paris in 1694. He spoke French, Greek, Latin, English, Italian and Spanish. He is known to have used more than 160 pen names during his lifetime!
Writer Victor Hugo wrote once: "To name Voltaire, is to characterize the entire 18th century".
Famous quotes by Voltaire
All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.Voltaire
All styles are good except the tiresome kind.Voltaire
All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.Voltaire
An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.Voltaire
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.Voltaire
Better is the enemy of good.Voltaire
Business is the salt of life.Voltaire
Common sense is not so common.Voltaire
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.Voltaire
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.Voltaire
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.Voltaire
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.Voltaire
Fear follows crime and is its punishment.Voltaire
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.Voltaire
God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.Voltaire
God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.Voltaire
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.Voltaire
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.Voltaire
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend provided, of course, he really is dead.Voltaire
He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.Voltaire
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.Voltaire
History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.Voltaire
History should be written as philosophy.Voltaire
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.Voltaire
I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.Voltaire
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.Voltaire
I hate women because they always know where things are.Voltaire
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.Voltaire
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.Voltaire
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.Voltaire
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.Voltaire
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.Voltaire
In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.Voltaire
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.Voltaire
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?Voltaire
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.Voltaire
It is forbidden to kill therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.Voltaire
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.Voltaire
It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.Voltaire
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.Voltaire
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.Voltaire
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.Voltaire
It is vain for the coward to flee death follows close behind it is only by defying it that the brave escape.Voltaire
Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable.Voltaire
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.Voltaire
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.Voltaire
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.Voltaire
Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.Voltaire
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.Voltaire
Nature has always had more force than education.Voltaire
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.Voltaire
Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.Voltaire
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.Voltaire
Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.Voltaire
One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.Voltaire
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.Voltaire
Perfection is attained by slow degrees it requires the hand of time.Voltaire
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.Voltaire
Society therefore is an ancient as the world.Voltaire
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.Voltaire
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.Voltaire
Tears are the silent language of grief.Voltaire
The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.Voltaire
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
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.Voltaire
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.Voltaire
The best is the enemy of the good.Voltaire
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.Voltaire
The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.Voltaire
The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.Voltaire
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.Voltaire
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.Voltaire
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.Voltaire
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.Voltaire
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.Voltaire
The superfluous, a very necessary thing.Voltaire
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.Voltaire
The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.Voltaire
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.Voltaire
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.Voltaire
To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.Voltaire
To hold a pen is to be at war.Voltaire
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.Voltaire
Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors but they are seldom or ever inventors.Voltaire
We are all full of weakness and errors let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature.Voltaire
We are rarely proud when we are alone.Voltaire
We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.Voltaire
What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.Voltaire
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.Voltaire
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.Voltaire
What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.Voltaire
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.Voltaire
F.A.Q. about Voltaire
When is his birthday?
Voltaire's birthday is on November 21, 1694.
In how many days is his birthday?
Voltaire's birthday is in 63 days
How old was Voltaire when he died?
He was 83 years old.
When did he die?
He died in May 30, 1778.
How old would he be today?
Voltaire would be 326 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Voltaire from?
He was born in Paris, France.
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