Voltaire: writer, philosopher and…..rebel

As he lay dying on this day, May 30, 1778, the great French writer Voltaire noticed that the lamp next to his bed was violently flickering and flaring up. “What? The flames already?” he quipped. And they were the last words he spoke. Earlier, when a priest asked him to renounce Satan he refused, allegedly stating: “This is no time to make any more enemies!” Despite both anecdotes are of questionable authenticity, they so fit the personality of this remarkable man that they have been attributed to him in many…

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