1694-1778, French Historian, Writer
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
Voltaire – [Argument]
A witty saying proves nothing.
Voltaire – [Speech]
All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.
Voltaire – [Bores and Boredom]
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.
Voltaire – [Equality]
All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
Voltaire – [Books and Reading]
Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
Voltaire – [Animals]
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Voltaire – [Passion]
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Voltaire – [Song and Singing]
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Voltaire – [Evil]
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
Voltaire – [Appreciation]
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
Voltaire – [Fate]
Common sense is not so common.
Voltaire – [Common Sense]
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
Voltaire – [Divorce]
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
Voltaire – [Ancestry]
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
Voltaire – [Doctors]
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
Voltaire – [Certainty]
Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.
Voltaire – [Reform]
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
Voltaire – [Age and Aging]
Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.
Voltaire – [Exaggeration]
Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
Voltaire – [Metaphysics]