The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
More quotes by Voltaire
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.
The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
More quotes about Wisdom
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?.
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man’s form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence.