Voltaire Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Voltaire quotes, Voltaire sayings, and Voltaire proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Voltaire
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire
The perfect is the enemy of the good. Voltaire
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. Voltaire
I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. Voltaire
The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. Voltaire
Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want. Voltaire
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Give ourselves the gift of living well Voltaire
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. Voltaire
We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest. Voltaire
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. Voltaire
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. Voltaire
The honors due to real genius share. Voltaire
I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow. Voltaire
History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up. Voltaire
Every public man pays tribute to malignity, but he is rewarded in honors and gold. Voltaire
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. Voltaire
The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else's eyes. Voltaire
The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity. Voltaire
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire
Doctors prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing. Voltaire
The perfect is the enemy of the good. Voltaire
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. Voltaire
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire
All the persecutors declare against each other mortal war, while the philosopher, oppressed by them all, contents himself with pitying them. Voltaire
The discovery of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy. Voltaire
Philosophers never stood in need of Homer or the Pharisees to be convinced! that everything is done by immutable! laws; that everything is settled; that everything is the necessary effect of some previous cause. Voltaire
God gave us the gift of life. it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong. Voltaire