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    All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God.
    — Voltaire
    tags: men  god 
     
    Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.
    — Voltaire
    Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
    — Voltaire
    tags: pleasure  illusion 
     
    When men do not have healthy notions of the Divinity, false ideas supplant them, just as in bad times one uses counterfeit money when there is no good money.
    — Voltaire
    tags: time  men  bad  healthy  ideas  money 
     
    Such is the feebleness of humanity, such is its perversity, that doubtless it is better for it to be subject to all possible superstitions, as long as they are not murderous, than to live without religion.
    — Voltaire
    tags: humanity  live 
     
    Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
    — Voltaire
    tags: crimes  secret  society  law 
     
    Religion was instituted to make us happy in this life and in the other. What must we do to be happy in the life to come? Be just.
    — Voltaire
    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.
    — Voltaire
    Clever tyrants are never punished.
    — 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
    tags: alone  games 
     
    It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
    — Voltaire
    tags: fools 
     
    Every one should be his own physician. We ought to assist, and not to force nature. Eat with moderation...Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest. What medicine can procure digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep.
    — Voltaire
    Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.
    — Voltaire
    tags: men 
     
    To achieve a goal, a dream, a wish, you must plan it out for success!
    — Voltaire
    tags: wishes  achieve  goal  dreams 
     
    Every man can educate himself. It's shameful to put one's mind into the hands of those whom you wouldn't entrust with your money. Dare to think for yourself.
    — Voltaire
    tags: men  mind  money 
     
    So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
    — Voltaire
    Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
    — Voltaire
    tags: crimes 
     
    Dont think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.
    — Voltaire
    tags: money 
     
    If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones.
    — Voltaire
    tags: law 
     
    What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
    — Voltaire
    tags: loss  age  energy  virtue 
     
    The interest I have to believe a thing is no proof that such a thing exists.
    — Voltaire
    tags: believe 
     
    Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion
    — Voltaire
    tags: children  child 
     
    Whosoever does not know how to recognize the faults of great men is incapable of estimating their perfections.
    — Voltaire
    tags: men  perfection 
     
    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
    — Voltaire
    I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way.
    — Voltaire
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
    — Voltaire
    tags: believe 
     
    Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
    — Voltaire
    tags: men  questions 
     
    Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
    — Voltaire
    If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.
    — Voltaire
    tags: control 
     
    Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
    — Voltaire
    tags: government 
     
    Common sense is not so common.
    — Voltaire
    War is the greatest of all crimes; and yet there is no aggressor who does not color his crime with the pretext of justice.
    — Voltaire
    tags: crimes  justice  war 
     
    What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on...
    — Voltaire
    tags: lies 
     
    I hate women because they always know where things are.
    — Voltaire
    tags: women  hate 
     
    When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
    — Voltaire
    Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
    — Voltaire
    Descartes constructed as noble a road of science, from the point at which he found geometry to that to which he carried it, as Newton himself did after him. ... He carried this spirit of geometry and invention into optics, which under him became a completely new art.
    — Voltaire
    tags: spirit  noble 
     
    It is with books as with the fires of our grates, everybody borrows a light from his neighbor to kindle his own, which in turn is communicated to others, and each partakes of all.
    — Voltaire
    tags: fire  book 
     
    The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
    — Voltaire
    tags: world  dreams 
     
    The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
    — Voltaire
    tags: read 
     
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    voltaire
    Birth    : November 21, 1694
    Death  : May 30, 1778
    Occupation  : Writer