Voltaire Quotes

If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

If there’s life on other planets, then the earth is the Universe’s insane asylum.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.

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.

The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech.

Those who can be made to believe absurdities can be made to commit atrocities.

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

Doctors put drugs of which they know little into bodies of which they know less for diseases of which they know nothing at all.

Everything you say should be true, but not everything true should be said.

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.

It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.

Is politics nothing other than the art of deliberately lying?

The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.

The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.

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

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je d‚fendrai jusqu’… la mort le droit que vous avez de le dire/ I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it

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

Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.

The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.