Monday, August 8, 2011

VOLTAIRE - QUOTES











"Common sense is not so common





Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.





Love truth, but pardon error. 





 


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






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








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









God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere






Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.










 


No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible







Dare to think for yourself






 


It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. 





A witty saying proves nothing








 


Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do







 



I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way






Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one





It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere









Anything too stupid to be said is sung








 


It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.





 


Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.







Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it





The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe





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







Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.






 


Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable






It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.





No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for






 



Sensual pleasure passes and vanishes, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delight of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed.








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






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




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