quotes of Voltaire; 353 quotes

"If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero."

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"What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon."

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"It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster."

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"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."

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"It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions."

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"This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire."

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"Fear follows crime, and is its punishment."

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"A woman can keep one secret - the secret of her age."

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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."

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"In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."

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