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Attributed to Voltaire, but first used by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in the book "The Friends of Voltaire" (1906), as a summary of Voltaire's beliefs. Variant: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
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Questions sur les miracles (1765). See also: izquotes.com/quote/191107
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Variant translations: "Whoever is able to make you absurd is able to make you unjust" ; "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" ; "Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." - In French: "Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste." - Questions sur les miracles (1765)
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In French: "Il est défendu de tuer; tout meurtrier est puni, à moins qu’il n’ait tué en grande compagnie, et au son des trompettes." - Questions sur l'Encyclopédie, "Rights" (1771)
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In French: "Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent." - Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Troisième Entretien
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Thoughts, remarks, and observations by Voltaire (1802 edition), p. 162, "No. 397"
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In French: "... les préjugés sont la raison des sots..." - Poème sur la loi naturelle (1756)
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Questions sur les miracles (1765). See also: izquotes.com/quote/191107
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In French: "Tout est bien aujourd'hui, voilà l'illusion." - Poème sur le désastre de Lisbonne (1756)


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Born: November 21, 1694

Died: May 30, 1778 (aged 83)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Writer, philosopher, playwright

Bio: François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state.

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