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For a discussion of this quotation, which is uncertain in origin but was quoted long before Voltaire, see the following:  [ dead link ] God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.
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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 , as a summation of Voltaire's beliefs on freedom of thought and expression. This remark, however, does not appear in the letter.
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. As quoted in Hefley What's so great about the Bible , p. According to The Open Society , Vol. He could say, while on this topic, that the Hotel Gibbon so-called from that celebrated infidel is now become the very depository of the Bible Society, and the individual who superintends the building is an agent for the sale and receipt of the books. The very ground this illustrious scoffer often paced, has now become the scene of the operation and success of an institution established for the diffusion of the very book against which his efforts were directed.
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But what has happened? His printing press, with which he printed his infidel literature, has since been used to print copies of the Word of God; and the very house in which he lived has been stacked with Bibles of the Geneva Bible Society. This applies to all Voltaire's homes, whether in France, Germany, Switzerland, or anywhere else". Wikipedia has an article about: Voltaire.
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Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Voltaire. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Voltaire. Namespaces Page Discussion. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia Wikisource. This page was last edited on 23 August , at Tanner: Let me remind you that Voltaire said that what was too silly to be said could be sung.
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Tanner: I stand corrected: Beaumarchais of course. And so we go on inventing Voltaire. Now regularly attributed to Voltaire, this saying seems to originate with something written in by Kevin Alfred Strom, an American neo-Nazi Holocaust denier, and not a man who obviously exudes Voltairean wit and irony. But once you become an authority, it seems, all sides have a claim on you.
Another much-repeated phrase occurs at the end of Candide. Is this a precious nugget of wisdom, neatly encapsulated?