French writer and philosopher; b. 1694; d. 1778
Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist
All men are equal; it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.