I may not agree with what you say, but to the death I will defend your right to say it.
It is amusing that a virtue is made of the vice of chastity; and it's a pretty odd sort of chastity at that, which leads men straight into the sin of Onan, and girls to the waning of their color.
Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero.
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others to persecute those who do reason.
History is fables agreed upon.
Your book is dedicated
by the soundest reason.
You had better get out of France
as quickly as you can.
We are all full of weakness and errors, let us mutually pardon each other our follies. It is the first law of nature.
The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
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.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Liberty is not and cannot be anything but the power of doing what we will.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
The secret of being tiresome is to tell everything.
The superfluous is very necessary.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.