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Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Related: Cabaret Voltaire - 18th century literature - French literature

Titles: Candide (1759) - Voltaire

Contemporaries: Abbé Prévost - François Boucher

"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." --Voltaire


François-Marie Arouet (November 21, 1694—May 30, 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, deist and philosopher. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire [Jan 2005]


Voltaire was the icon-at-large and philosopher-punk of the Age of Reason. He's best known for his tale Candide, which expressed his contempt for those among his contemporaries who denied the existence of evil. Voltaire was an original flamer, creating that top note of bitchiness without which the arrogance of French philosophy would have been impossible. He offended so many people during his career that many were surprised he died of natural causes, in old age. -- R.U. Sirius, Pomo To Go --Wired 2.06, June 1994

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