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Helvétius and Voltaire

Helvétius is remembered today, three hundred years after his birth, mainly for two controversial treatises: De l’esprit (1758) and De l’homme (1773). The furore surrounding the publication of De l’esprit was particularly intense, and the ensuing affaire soon reached the status of being one of the great literary scandals of the age. 625 more words

Voltaire

Voltaire: Thought

Thought depends absolutely
on the
stomach,
but in
spite
of
that,
those who
have tie best stomachs are not the best
thinkers.

(Voltaire)

Margarete G. Mueller

pleading the first

The world woke up on 7 January to shocking scenes from La Ville-Lumière, footage of masked gunmen in the street shooting at police after massacring twelve people over a f**king comic.  442 more words

Random Thoughts

Pause caffè

Una canzone: Domenico Modugno – ‘O ccafè

  Fu Voltaire a dire: “Bevo quaranta caffè al giorno per essere ben sveglio e pensare, pensare, pensare a come poter combattere i tiranni e gli imbecilli”.

Breve

AND NOW, A WORD FROM VOLTAIRE

DELIBERATE MISQUOTATION - This week’s prompt requires you to revise the past by restating a quote to mean something quite different than it originally meant. 162 more words

Challenges