It wasn't Voltaire: it was Bow Mar Shay. I stand corrected: Beaumarchais of course.
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This quote has also been attributed to Joseph Addison. In The Spectator , 21 March , Addison wrote of "an establish'd Rule, which is receiv'd as such to this Day, That nothing is capable of being well set to Musick, that is not Nonsense. This is a proverb which can be found in Robert Codrington's "Youth's Behaviour, Second Part" and in Thomas Fuller's "Gnomologia" Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Percivall, this is Ben Jonson 's "satirical definition of physic".
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. For a discussion of this quotation, which is uncertain in origin but was quoted long before Voltaire, see the following:  [ dead link ] God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it. Though these words are regularly attributed to Voltaire, they were first used by Evelyn Beatrice Hall , writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire , as a summation of Voltaire's beliefs on freedom of thought and expression.
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This remark, however, does not appear in the letter. Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
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The very ground this illustrious scoffer often paced, has now become the scene of the operation and success of an institution established for the diffusion of the very book against which his efforts were directed. But what has happened? His printing press, with which he printed his infidel literature, has since been used to print copies of the Word of God; and the very house in which he lived has been stacked with Bibles of the Geneva Bible Society. But sobering, too. Q : Are Sarah and her family based on people who really existed in ?
A: No, Sarah and her family come out of my imagination.
But my daughter Charlotte, who was 11 years old when I wrote this book, was a major source of inspiration for Sarah. Q : Are you Julia Jarmond? A: No, although many of my readers think so! Julia is American, I am half- English, half —French. I do not have a daughter called Zoe, but a son named Louis and a daughter, Charlotte, who are now 25 and The only thing I have in common with Julia is that we were both journalists. A: It took me one year to research it, two years to write it, and two years to get it published. I went to Beaune la Rolande and Drancy, several times.
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A : I wrote it in English. A : I believe it is now 40, which never ceases to amaze me. Q : What is your new book about? It is about infidelity and how we react to it Q: Who are your favorite authors? Q : What first got you interested in writing?
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A: I first started writing when I was 11 years old, in I wrote a book a year for my family. I was already then firmly convinced I was going to be a writer. But I did not seek publication till Q : Describe your writing process.