"Dare to think for yourself."
"Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day."
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
"God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh."
"If we believe absurdities we shall commit atrocities."
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
"Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous."
"The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe."
"Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies."
Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan
"We must cultivate our garden "
"Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all."
"Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills."
""You're a bitter man," said Candide.
"That's because I've lived," said Martin."
"A hundred times I was upon the point of killing myself; but still I loved life. This ridiculous foible is perhaps one of our most fatal characteristics; for is there anything more absurd than to wish to carry continually a burden which one can always throw down? To detest existence and yet to cling to one’s existence? In brief, to caress the serpent which devours us, till he has eaten our very heart?"
"This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire."
"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered."
"Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you."
"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion. "
"To hold a pen is to be at war."