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Quotation by Voltaire
After the earthquake, which had destroyed three-quarters of Lisbon, the country's wise men had found no more efficacious means of preventing total ruin than to give the people a fine auto-da-fé.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher, author. Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 6, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966).
First sentence, ironic reference to the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.
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