Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on ignorance, knowledge, spirit, superstition, thought, and virtue

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 (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on country, execution, failure, good, and time

In this country [England] it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, to encourage the others. The reference is to Admiral John Byng, who was executed in 1757 for failing to prevent the French from taking Minorca.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on laws, support, and virtue

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on life and pleasure

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to Madame du Deffand

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on optimism

Optimism, said Candide, is a mania for maintaining all that is well when things are going badly.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on truth

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I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to d’Alembert, February 1776

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on men

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There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to Cardinal de Bernis, 23 April 1761

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on learning and women

Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or never inventors.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Philosophical Dictionary, 1764

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on age, secrets, and women

A woman can keep one secret - the secret of her age.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

Not to be occupied, and not to exist, amount to the same thing.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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