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“I DISAPPROVE OF WHAT YOU SAY, BUT I WILL DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT”
While it certainly sounds like something Voltaire would say, this popular saying only came into being over a hundred years after his death. English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall coined the phrase in her popular 1906 biography of Voltaire as a way of illustrating the French philosopher’s beliefs, but since she put it in quotation marks it was widely interpreted to be Voltaire’s own words.
As a popular and pithy writer, many sayings have been accidentally misattributed to Voltaire, such as “Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung” (Pierre de Beaumarchais), “God is a comedian whose audience is too afraid to laugh” (H.L. Mencken), and “Don’t have a cow, man” (Thomas Aquinas).saber culture 19/09/2013