François-Marie Arouet (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa ma.ʁi aʁ.wɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (/voʊlˈtɛər/; French: [vɔl.tɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of several liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
Voltaire #Alone #Men #Time
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
Voltaire #Art #Government #Money
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Voltaire #Art #Government
The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
Voltaire #Art #Nature
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire #Best #God
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
Voltaire #Best #Good
The best is the enemy of the good.
Voltaire #Best #Government
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Voltaire #Birthday #God #Life
God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Business is the salt of life.
It is vain for the coward to flee death follows close behind it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Voltaire #Faith #Power
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Voltaire #Death #Fear #Life
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.
Fear follows crime and is its punishment.
Voltaire #Beauty #Work
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
Voltaire #Friendship #Marriage
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
The superfluous, a very necessary thing.