Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on experience and learning

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on liberty, life, soul, and thought

Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Essay on Epic Poetry [written in English]

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on imagination, love, and nature

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on abuse, love, and superstition

Whatever you do, trample down abuses, and love those who love you. Different translation: Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing [superstition], and love those who love you.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Lettres. A. M. d’Alembert 28 Nov. 1762

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on errors, love, and truth

Love truth, but pardon error.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Sept Discours en Vers sur l’Homme

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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 audiences, comedy, god, and laughter

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

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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