Happy birthday, François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, a man of many letters - more than 21,000 of them, in fact, written during the course of his life to friends, enemies, colleagues, acquaintances and people he never met.
'If you were to succeed in abolishing superstition, what would you substitute for it?' this master of reason was once asked. 'When I deliver the world from a monster which devours it, I am asked what will I put in its place?' he wrote in reply.
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