Quotable Voltaire

A long time ago at school – yes, I know, it is a scary thought – we had to read Voltaire’s Candide and, as it is his birthday today I thought a few of his quotes would brighten your day.   Good quotes really do stand the test of time…. and these are immortal:

On Religion

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.

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

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

On Government

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

and one for my wife…

I hate women because they always know where things are.

Clever chap Voltaire.. and he’s never even met her!

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