Quotes by Voltaire


Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
– Voltaire

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
– Voltaire

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
– Voltaire
A company of tyrants is inaccessible to all seductions.
– Voltaire
All styles are good except the tiresome kind.
– Voltaire
All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
– Voltaire
An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
– Voltaire
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
– Voltaire
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
– Voltaire
Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
– Voltaire
Better is the enemy of good.
– Voltaire
Business is the salt of life.
– Voltaire
But nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.
– Voltaire
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
– Voltaire
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
– Voltaire
Clever tyrants are never punished.
– Voltaire
Common sense is not so common.
– Voltaire
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
– Voltaire
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
– Voltaire
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
– Voltaire