Voltaire

1694 - 1778

A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on art, citizenship, government, and money

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on history

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History is but the record of crimes and misfortunes. L'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs

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Source: L'Ingénu, chap. x.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on judgment and questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

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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.

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Source: Letter to Rousseau

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on illusions

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

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Source: see Wilde

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on good and men

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The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on expectation and life

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.

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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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