Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on judgment and questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on reading and work

One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Letter to Rousseau

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on illusions

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: see Wilde

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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 belief, faith, power, and reason

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.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Questions sur l’Encyclopédie

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on ancestry, country, needs, and soldiers

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Méropes

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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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