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Voltaire
Source/Notes:
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)
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Source/Notes:
Culture and Value (1980 edition), translated by Peter Winch

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