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Francois Voltaire
1694 - 1778

French writer (pseudonym of FRANÇOIS-MARIE AROUET), author of Candide and other works


All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.

1764 - from Philosophical Dictionary
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

In the matter of taxation, every privilege is an injustice.

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.

1764 - from Philosophical Dictionary
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.

from Questions sur l'encyclopedie
Common sense is not so common.

In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

... so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.