Quotation by Voltaire

In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher, author. Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 23, p. 238, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966).

Words uttered by an Englishman by way of explaining the court- martial and execution of John Byng in 1757 for his failure to prevent the French from taking the island of Minorca.
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