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 :: 1694-1778, French Historian, Writer

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A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
~ Voltaire - [Argument]

 

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A witty saying proves nothing.
~ Voltaire - [Speech]

 

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All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.
~ Voltaire - [Bores and Boredom]

 

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All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.
~ Voltaire - [Equality]

 

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All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
~ Voltaire - [Books and Reading]

 

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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]

 

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Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
~ Voltaire - [Passion]

 

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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
~ Voltaire - [Song and Singing]

 

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As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
~ Voltaire - [Evil]

 

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By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
~ Voltaire - [Appreciation]

 

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Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
~ Voltaire - [Fate]

 

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Common sense is not so common.
~ Voltaire - [Common Sense]

 

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Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
~ Voltaire - [Divorce]

 

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Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
~ Voltaire - [Ancestry]

 

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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]

 

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Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
~ Voltaire - [Certainty]

 

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Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.
~ Voltaire - [Reform]

 

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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]

 

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Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.
~ Voltaire - [Exaggeration]

 

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Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
~ Voltaire - [Metaphysics]

 

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