Voltaire

Voltaire

Born: November 21, 1694

Died: May 30, 1778

Nationality: French

Occupation: Writer, philosopher, playwright

Biography: 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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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)

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