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Quotation by Voltaire
Why inspire in us a horror of our being?... To look upon the universe as a prison cell and all men as criminals about to be executed is the idea of a fanatic.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher, author. Letters on the English Nation (Lettres philosophiques) (1734), p. 166, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1964).
Twenty-fifth and last of the Letters, which is devoted to a polemical commentary on Pascal's Pensées.
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