Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on courage, labor, and nature

The right of commanding is no longer an advantage transmitted by nature; like an inheritance, it is the fruit of labors, the price of courage.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on country, laws, and weakness

A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire

There are no sects in geometry.

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Source: W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, NY: Viking Press, 1962.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on books, borrowing, communication, home, imitation, neighbors, originality, and writers

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbor's, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on hell and paradise

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on philosophy

When he who hears doesn't know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks doesn't know what he himself means - that is philosophy.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on discovery, good, philosophy, and practice

The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important aims of philosophy.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on judgment and prejudice

Prejudice is an opinion without judgment.

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Source: Prejudices, in Philosophical Dictionary

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on pride

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The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on certainty

He who has heard the same thing told by 12,000 eye-witnesses has only 12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong probability, which is far from certain.

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Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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