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Wednesday’s Words: A Famous Quote that Voltaire Never Wrote

VoltaireThe famous quote attributed to French author, humanist, and satirist Voltaire (1694 – 1778)
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
was not actually written by him. Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing as S. G. Tallentyre, wrote it as a summary of his philosophy in her essay in “The Friends of Voltaire” in 1906.

Voltaire did write in his Essay on Tolerance
“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.”

Voltaire, who was born François-Marie Arouet, also wrote in a letter to M. le Riche (February 6, 1770)
“Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.”
 
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