Best of Voltaire

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    • Jun 21, 2013

    ...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

    A witty saying proves nothing.

    Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

    Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

    Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

    God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

    God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.

    History is a pack of lies we play on the dead.

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

    If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

    Indolence is sweet, and its consequences bitter.

    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

    It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

    Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

    Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

    Love truth, and pardon error.

    Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

    Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

    The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

    There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.