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Did Voltaire actually say

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Oct27-05, 11:39 AM
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"I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

I read that Voltaire didn't say that, but someone said he did and it spread. Will post source later, once I can get the source/material again.
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Oct27-05, 12:11 PM
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I disapprove of what you say, but I 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 (1906), as a summation of Voltaire's attitude, based on statements in Essay on Tolerance where he asserts: "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privelege to do so too".
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A witty saying proves nothing.

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