Brian Donnelly writes:
>It was something like that: "I may not agree with what you say, but
>I'll defend with my life your right to say it."
Voltaire (one of my favorite philosophers) is the source of the
original statement. I took this from my electronic Microsoft
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right
to say it."
Voltaire (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Paraphrase of
sentiments in his Essay on Tolerance, as stated in: Evelyn Beatrice Hall,
under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire (1907).
However, in February 1770, Voltaire wrote to M. le Riche: "Monsieur
I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for
you to continue to write."
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