Voltaire

1694 - 1778

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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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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 audiences, comedy, god, and laughter

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on god

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It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions. On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to M. le Riche. 1770.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on learning

It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on punishment

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: War

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on death

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Sir, your remarks are repugnant to me, and I disagree with your viewpoints. But I will defend to the death your right to express them.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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