21 November

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.

November 21, 2009 · 1 min read

‘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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