Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on belief, faith, power, and reason

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Questions sur l’Encyclopédie

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on ancestry, country, needs, and soldiers

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Méropes

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on risk

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

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Liberty of the Press in Philosophical Dictionary (1764)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on death

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Attributed in SG Tallentyre, The friends of Voltaire, 1907

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on life

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Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to M. Le Riche, February 6, 1770, in A Book of French Quotations, by Norbert Guterman

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on animals, envy, evil, and ignorance

I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on garden

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I also know that we should cultivate our gardens.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on enemies and good

The best is the enemy of the good.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Dictionary Philosophique

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on boredom, children, evil, labor, and vices

"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want."

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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