Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Contributed by: Zaady
One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.
Source: Letter to Rousseau
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Source: see Wilde
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.
Source: Essay on Epic Poetry [written in English]
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.
Source: Questions sur l’Encyclopédie
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.
Source: Liberty of the Press in Philosophical Dictionary (1764)
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Source: Attributed in SG Tallentyre, The friends of Voltaire, 1907
Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
Source: Letter to M. Le Riche, February 6, 1770, in A Book of French Quotations, by Norbert Guterman
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