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François-Marie Arouet, known by his pseudonym Voltaire, was a writer, historian, and philosopher during the French Enlightenment.
Voltaire wrote prolifically, and became famous for his advocacy of the separation of church and state, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, and for his criticism of the Roman Catholic Church.
In over 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 plays, poems, novels, essays, and papers, Voltaire went against the strict censorship policies of the day to make his opinions heard.
Voltaire’s wit and straightforward thinking created a legacy for him as the writer of some of the world’s most well-known quotes. Here are the best and most inspiring Voltaire quotes for your entertainment and enlightenment.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this large collection of Voltaire quotes! It’s amazing how his thoughts and ideas have remained fresh and relevant from the French Enlightenment to today.
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Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for keepinspiring.me. She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.