Voltaire Quotes For Ethical and Political Questions and Essays

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Common sense is genius in homespun. II

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

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

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

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

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

I have always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: “My God, make our enemies very ridiculous!” God has granted it to me.

A witty saying proves nothing.

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

The best is the enemy of the good.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.


Jeremy Bentham’s Quotes – Father of Utilitarianism

Jeremy Bentham Quotes

The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.

The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.

Every law is an infraction of liberty.

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavour to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.

The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection.

The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.

Gramsci, Follower of Marxism – Quotes for Essay and Ethics


Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.

I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.

To tell the truth is revolutionary.

I turn and turn in my cell like a fly that doesn’t know where to die.

All men are intellectuals… but not all men have in society the function of intellectuals.

John Locke Quotes – Use to defend Liberal State and Preserving Democracy

John Locke

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.

What worries you, masters you.

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.

We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.

All wealth is the product of labor.

Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.

One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.

Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.

To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.

Rousseau’s Quotes – Father of French Revolution

Rousseau’s  Quotes are very important for Essay and Ethics Preparation.

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau/Quotes

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.

I may be no better, but at least I am different.

A feeble body weakens the mind.

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.

​Machiavelli – Father of Realism Quotes

Machiavelli – Father of Realism Quotes

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.

One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

Politics have no relation to morals.

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.

God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

Western Political Thoughts- Socrates Quotes

Socrates Quotes

An unexamined life is not worth living.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Let him that would move the world first move himself.

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.