Voltaire, pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet (born November 21, 1694, Paris, France – died May 30, 1778, Paris), one of the greatest of all French writers.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Common sense is not so common.
It’s hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
It’s dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
Tears are the silent language of grief.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.