Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay
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For the last time - it wasn't Voltaire!

Voltaire did not, as far as anyone knows, utter "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

It may be a splendid sentiment, but it shouldn't be attributed to him, and I'm heartily sick at the moment of people doing so.

As WikiQuotes says: "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 (1906), as a summation of Voltaire's beliefs on freedom of thought and expression."
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