“Now is not the time for making new enemies.”
Born November 21, 1694 – Died October 21, 1778
French Enlightenment Writer, Historian, Philosopher
Last Words – Voltaire – Note
Voltaire was famous for his wit. His last words above were his response to a priest at the side of his deathbed, asking Voltaire to use the precious few moments left to renounce Satan.
Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form including plays, poetry, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them.
Voltaire (along with Montesquieu, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Émilie du Châtelet) was one of several figures in the “Age of Enlightenment” (or simply the “Enlightenment” or “Age of Reason”), whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.