A Bit of Wisdom from Voltaire on His Birthday

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.”

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.”

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.”

“Common sense is not so common.”