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 :: 1694-1778, French Historian, Writer

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God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
~ Voltaire - [God]

 

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God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
~ Voltaire - [God]

 

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God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
~ Voltaire - [God]

 

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Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
~ Voltaire - [Government]

 

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He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
~ Voltaire - [Wisdom]

 

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He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
~ Voltaire - [Questions]

 

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He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.
~ Voltaire - [Courage]

 

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He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery.
~ Voltaire - [Spirit and Spirituality]

 

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History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
~ Voltaire - [History and Historians]

 

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History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
~ Voltaire - [History and Historians]

 

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How I like the boldness of the English, how I like the people who say what they think!
~ Voltaire - [Nationalities and Nationalism]

 

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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 - [Retirement]

 

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I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas.
~ Voltaire - [Imagination]

 

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
~ Voltaire - [Freedom of Speech]

 

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I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.
~ Voltaire - [Service]

 

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I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
~ Voltaire - [Doctors]

 

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I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
~ Voltaire - [Lies and Lying]

 

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I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
~ Voltaire - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
~ Voltaire - [God]

 

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If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.
~ Voltaire - [Multiculturalism]

 

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