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NOVEMBER 17, 2012 9:42AM

FAMOUS LAST WORDS (A Voltairean Anecdote)

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Voltaire once said,

Thereupon his death bed,

"I would renounce The Devil,

Thus eagerly bringing level,

The apostate heart of every rebel,

But I ponder I must refrain,

From such low-brow disdain,

For though I am a man weak in death,

In life I was quite keen to see,

That now, especially,

'Tis no time for making a new enemy."

 

-This little ditty was inspired by a witty little anecdote credited to the French Renaissance philosopher Voltaire. Supposedly, as he lie dying in his death-bed, the attending priest asked him if he would like to renounce the Devil, to which he replied: "I would but, now is not the time to make a new enemy."

 

 

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