Independence Day with Voltaire

To those who may question the quoting of a French political philosopher on Independence Day, just remember what nation threw in with us to help defeat the British.

Here are a few thoughts from Voltaire (which was the pen name of François-Marie Arouet) on this special day:

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

  • "Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices."

  • "Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them."

  • "A witty saying proves nothing."
(Photo by Daniele Musella of Tuscany, Italy via morgueFile.)

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