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Things Voltaire Did and Did Not Say

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

Wikipedia says: Though these words are regularly attributed to Voltaire, they were first used by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1906), as a summation of Voltaire’s beliefs on freedom of thought and expression.

Great aphorisms on that same page.

What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbor’s, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

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

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

A witty saying proves nothing.

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