“Voltaire’s maxim”

From “The Quotations page”:

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire, (Attributed); originated in “The Friends of Voltaire”, 1906, by S. G. Tallentyre (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)

Notes about this Quotation

Voltaire [French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778)] probably never said these exact words. They were written in 1906 by Evelyn Beatrice Hall (pseud. S. G. Tallentyre) in the biography “The Friends of Voltaire”. The author did not attribute the words to Voltaire, but used them to sum up Voltaire’s attitude:

“‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’ was his attitude now. “

Here is the correct quote from S. G. Tallentyre.

4 comments for ““Voltaire’s maxim”

  1. Errol
    January 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Perhps the modern Lefty one could be “I disapprove of what you say, and will fight to stop you saying it.”

    Hatred and bigotry. The two fundamental principles of Left wingery.

  2. Mona
    January 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Trump has declined to open new embassy in the Shithole of Londonistan on account that it will be beneath his dignity, and I support him,, there now I have said it.

  3. Pcar
    January 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Khan’s Londonistan

    Remember Boris’ London? Upbeat, positive, we’re the best in world, good news, humour, be happy.

    All change, Boris line closed. Achtung board the misery line, smiling verboten, schnell, schnell.

  4. January 13, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Indeed.

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