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15 March 2004 @ 07:20 pm
Well said, Voltaire!  
This quote perfectly explains my opinion on differing opinions.

Sir, I may not agree with what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to be a complete asshole.
- Voltaire (according to Bill Bryson)
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Vulture: posedvulture23 on March 16th, 2004 03:43 am (UTC)
danaid_luvdanaid_luv on March 16th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
You don't *reeeeaaaallly* endorse that 100%, do you? I *have* met people that would...

Just checking...
Kburgunder on March 16th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
In a personal abusive situation, Hell No.

But as far as freedom of speech and opinions-I-adamantly-disagree-with goes, if it was truly being taken from us, yes.
indie: catindiefic on March 16th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
It's actually not Voltaire's quote. It was a female Voltaire scholar. I don't have her name on hand at the moment, but I have a bunch of info on her at home. She wrote a book about him and she took all of his work and paraphrased it into roughly what you have quoted above. So now people attribute it to him when in fact it was a woman paraphrasing him.

And yes, word on the quote. It's one I hold very dear.
Kburgunder on March 16th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
1. I love that it was actually a woman.
2. I love you for knowing that.
indie: catindiefic on March 16th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
Found the info:

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

It was written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall under the pseudonym Stephen G. Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire written in 1906. Apparently her formatting of the paraphrasing confused readers, making them think she was directly quoting Voltaire as opposed to summarizing his statements.