12 Quotes from Voltaire on Life and Human Nature

Emre Ülkem

Emre Ülkem

Boğaziçi Uni.

22 September 2021

The real name of the French writer and philosopher Voltaire was François Marie Arouet. He made a great contribution for the Enlightenment movement to the French Revolution. In addition, to freedom of religion and expression, he is famous for his thoughts and philosophical writings about the human rights. In his works, he satirized the dogmas of the church and the French Institutions. Voltarie is one of the most influential figures of his times and shared authors with his quotations. Voltaire is a writer who has made a name for himself with his important words in his works.
I have compiled the genius words of this precious historical character for you:

1) People who are content with what they read at school are like children who can only talk to their babysitter.

2) I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

3) If you think about how hard it is to change yourself; You realize how little chance you have of trying to change others.

4) Our hope to think that everything will be fine one day: It is our mistake to think that everything is fine today.

5) People only live with their dreams and when they start living a little, they lose all their dreams

6) Fanaticism, which consists of superstition and ignorance, has been a disease for all centuries.

7) Small people have great pride.

8) Ambition is like the wind that blows the sail of a boat; Too many will sink the ship, too few will keep the ship in place.

9) First of all, we must be human; doctor after that.

10) Superstitions cause the whole world to catch fire; philosophy puts out this fire.

11) People refuse to think when they have food to eat and a place to sleep.

12) Work removes three great deficiencies: boredom, vices, and poverty.

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