We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Source: Liberty of the Press in Philosophical Dictionary (1764)
Contributed by: Zaady
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Source: Attributed in SG Tallentyre, The friends of Voltaire, 1907
Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
Source: Letter to M. Le Riche, February 6, 1770, in A Book of French Quotations, by Norbert Guterman
I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
I also know that we should cultivate our gardens.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions. On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons
Source: Letter to M. le Riche. 1770.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Sir, your remarks are repugnant to me, and I disagree with your viewpoints. But I will defend to the death your right to express them.
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