In Candide’s Garden

Voltaire (1694–1778) is probably best remembered for his cynical witticisms. “The English like to hang an admiral from time to time to encourage the others,” or “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Occasionally he is more inspirational: “I do not believe a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Although some years after his death, his enemies managed to scatter his remains into the sewers of Paris, his heart is still displayed in the National Library of France, which solemnly received it from the Emperor Napoleon…

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