History Creator / Voltaire

31st Jul '16 3:28:03 AM Fireblood
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** He explicitly vowed to destroy Christianism (either Catholicism and Protestantism) in some of his correspondances with Jean le Rond D'Alembert, one of the authors of ''L'Encyclopédie'', because he thought they were continuations of Judaism. On the other hand, he was a firm deist who also opposed atheism, hence the page quote.
** Likewise, while many people invoke Voltaire as a free-speech icon in the 21st Century, Voltaire himself could be censorious, such as publishing libel tracts against authors he disagreed and persecuting Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau by invoking many false accusations on him so as to discredit him.

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** He explicitly vowed to destroy Christianism Christianity (either Catholicism and Protestantism) in some of his correspondances with Jean le Rond D'Alembert, one of the authors of ''L'Encyclopédie'', because he thought they were continuations of Judaism. On the other hand, he was a firm deist who also opposed atheism, hence the page quote.
** Likewise, while many people invoke Voltaire as a free-speech icon in the 21st Century, Voltaire himself could be censorious, such as publishing libel tracts against authors he disagreed with and persecuting Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau by invoking making many false accusations on him so as to discredit him.



--> ''The English have reaped very great benefit from the writers of our nation, and therefore (since they have not scrupled to be in our debt) we ought to borrow from them. Both the English and [The French] came after [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance the Italians]], who have been our instructors in all the arts, and whom we have surpassed in some. I cannot determine which of the three nations ought to be honoured with the palm; but happy the writer who could display their various merits.

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--> ''The English have reaped very great benefit from the writers of our nation, and therefore (since they have not scrupled to be in our debt) we ought to borrow from them. Both the English and [The French] came after [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance the Italians]], who have been our instructors in all the arts, and whom we have surpassed in some. I cannot determine which of the three nations ought to be honoured honored with the palm; but happy the writer who could display their various merits.
31st May '16 8:33:33 PM JulianLapostat
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* ForeignCultureFetish: He had a bit of a thing for the English, particularly their [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem political institutions]].

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* ForeignCultureFetish: He had a bit of a thing for the English, particularly their [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem political institutions]].institutions]], he was a bit more ambivalent about their tragedies (he didn't really "get" Creator/WilliamShakespeare) but loved their comedies and their tradition of satire. As he notes in his "Letters on England":
--> ''The English have reaped very great benefit from the writers of our nation, and therefore (since they have not scrupled to be in our debt) we ought to borrow from them. Both the English and [The French] came after [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance the Italians]], who have been our instructors in all the arts, and whom we have surpassed in some. I cannot determine which of the three nations ought to be honoured with the palm; but happy the writer who could display their various merits.
18th Mar '16 7:45:34 PM DoctorCooper
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* DeadpanSnarker

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* {{Satire}}

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* TakeThat: "I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And God granted it.]]"

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* TakeThat: "I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And God granted it.]]""
30th Sep '15 6:48:42 AM LahmacunKebab
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* BadassBookworm: Candide and many other characters

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* BadassBookworm: Candide and many other characterscharacters.
21st Sep '15 10:05:23 PM JulianLapostat
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** Likewise, while many people invoke Voltaire as a free-speech icon in the 21st Century, Voltaire himself could be censorious, such as publishing libel tracts against authors he disagreed and persecuting Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau by invoking many false accusations on him so as to discredit him.
29th Jul '15 10:39:10 AM Dragon101
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Real name '''François Marie Arouet'''. French dude, 1694-1778. [[DeadpanSnarker Satirical]] [[ThePhilosopher philosopher]]. He is best known for his witty defense of civil liberties, freedom of religion, and free trade (he had staunch liberal views on economic issues). His views earned him one year in the Bastille at the time of the Régence, where he gained his penname. [[WarForFunAndProfit He would later make a huge fortune in military furnitures]] and gain great influence in the French and Prussian royal courts under kings Louis XV and Frederick II the Great. He would go on to inspire multiple philosophers and satirical authors, especially amongst those who supported his views. His writings also inspired both the [[TheFrenchRevolution French]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution American]] revolutions. He was also an historian and a scientist who published multiple essays. Prolific, as he published more than 20,000 letters and 2,000 books and pamphlets. [[FunWithAcronyms The name Voltaire comes from ''Arouet le jeune'' ("Arouet the Young"), converted to Latin script where U=V and J=I; AROVET L I -> VOLTAIRE]]. He is [[AuthorsOfQuote eminently quotable]], and [[BeamMeUpScotty mis-quotable]]. His [[{{Archenemy}} favourite target]] was Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau.[[note]]Ironically, both died the same year and rest in front of each other in the same crypt of the Pantheon in Paris.[[/note]]

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Real name '''François Marie Arouet'''. French dude, 1694-1778. [[DeadpanSnarker Satirical]] [[ThePhilosopher philosopher]]. He is best known for his witty defense of civil liberties, freedom of religion, and free trade (he had staunch liberal views on economic issues). His views earned him one year in the Bastille at the time of the Régence, where he gained his penname. [[WarForFunAndProfit He would later make a huge fortune in military furnitures]] and gain great influence in the French and Prussian royal courts under kings Louis XV and Frederick II the Great. He would go on to inspire multiple philosophers and satirical authors, especially amongst those who supported his views. His writings also inspired both the [[TheFrenchRevolution French]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution American]] revolutions. He was also an historian and a scientist who published multiple essays. Prolific, as he published more than 20,000 letters and 2,000 books and pamphlets. [[FunWithAcronyms The name Voltaire comes from ''Arouet le jeune'' ("Arouet the Young"), converted to Latin script where U=V and J=I; AROVET L I -> VOLTAIRE]]. He is [[AuthorsOfQuote eminently quotable]], and [[BeamMeUpScotty mis-quotable]]. His [[{{Archenemy}} favourite target]] was Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau.[[note]]Ironically, both died the same year and rest in front of each other in the same crypt of the Pantheon in Paris.Paris; both are considered the spiritual fathers of the French Revolution, despite their personal enmity and clashing views.[[/note]]
6th Jul '15 10:33:02 AM JujuP
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* ''The Ingenue'', 1767

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* ''The Ingenue'', ''Literature/TheIngenue'', 1767
2nd May '15 12:57:24 PM LahmacunKebab
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* SkilledButNaive: Candide and l'Ingénu both have names which means "naive". Indeed, they are skilled in many ways, especially books, but very ignorant towards the reality of their world.

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* SkilledButNaive: Candide and l'Ingénu both have names which means mean "naive". Indeed, they are skilled in many ways, especially books, but very ignorant towards the reality of their world.
28th Apr '15 11:01:54 AM BrendanRizzo
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* HypocriticalHumor: Once responded to those using the StyleOverSubstanceFallacy by saying "A witty saying proves nothing," but [[LogicBomb this is itself a witty saying]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: Once responded to those using the StyleOverSubstanceFallacy debaters who use style over substance by saying "A witty saying proves nothing," but [[LogicBomb this is itself a witty saying]].
28th Apr '15 11:00:49 AM BrendanRizzo
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* HypocriticalHumor: Once responded to those using the StyleOverSubstanceFallacy by saying "A witty saying proves nothing," but [[LogicBomb this is itself a witty saying]].
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