François Marie Arouet


François Marie Arouet Quotes

  • ''The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Mrs. Gripon, in La Femme Qui a Raison, act 2, sc. 2.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "On the Pensées of Pascal," letter 18, Letters on England (1732). Note to Pascal's aphorism no. 358 (numbered 52 by Voltaire): "Man is neither angel nor brute, and the pity of it is that he who wants to play the angel acts the brute."
  • ''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 [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "On the Presbyterians," letter 6, Letters on England (1732).
  • ''Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "On Tragedy," letter 18, Letters on England (1732). Earlier in the essay, Voltaire prefaced a translated extract from Shakespeare ("To be or not to be") with the words: "Have pity on the copy for the sake of the original, and always bear in mind when you see a translation that you are only looking at a feeble print of a great picture."
  • ''Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "On Tragedy," letter 18, Letters on England (1732).
  • ''One may confidently assert that when thirty thousand men fight a pitched battle against an equal number of troops, there are about twenty thousand on each side with the pox.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Pangloss, in Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 4, p. 187, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966). Comment made by Pangloss, Candide's ever-optimistic tutor, about venereal disease.
  • ''Ask a toad what beauty is, the supreme beauty, the to kalon. He will tell you it is his lady toad with her two big round eyes coming out of her little head, her large flat snout, yellow belly, brown back.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Philosophical Dictionary (Dictionnaire philosophique), "Beauty" ("Beauté") (1764). First sentence of article.
  • ''Did the first men who thought of fasting put themselves on this regimen on their physician's order, because they had indigestion?''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Philosophical Dictionary (Dictionnaire philosophique), "Lent" ("Carême") (1764). First sentence of article.
  • ''Luxury has been railed at for two thousand years, in verse and in prose, and it has always been loved.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Philosophical Dictionary (Dictionnaire philosophique), "Luxury" ("Luxe") (1764). First sentence of article.
  • ''One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.''
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Poets," Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764).

Read more quotations »
[Report Error]