Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

I have been grateful to you from the day you turned your attention to the follies and fanaticisms of religious sects. Against those fools and impostors you employ the most appropriate weapons: to use others would be to imitate them. It is by ridicule that they must be attacked, and by scorn that they must be punished.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Aug. 27, 1752, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 135, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).

Written to Voltaire, whose History of the Century of Louis XIV Chesterfield greatly admired and had just finished reading for the fourth time.
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