Voltaire just a windy underemployed French jackass after all


He didn’t actually say that bit about disagreeing with what you said, but defending to the death your right to say it.

It was actually an assumption about his attitude by biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall (under the pseudonym Stephen G. Tallentyre) in 1906:

‘The phrase “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” which you have found in my book “Voltaire in His Letters” is my own expression and should not have been put in inverted commas. Please accept my apologies for having, quite unintentionally, misled you into thinking I was quoting a sentence used by Voltaire (or anyone else but myself).

Right then.

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