Misquoted: Voltaire – “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

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Many mistakenly attribute the line: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”, to French Enlightenment writer Voltaire. It was actually written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall (writing under the pseudonym S.G. Tallentyre) who is best known for writing Voltaire’s biography The Friends of Voltaire (1906).  Hall wrote the phrase as an illustration of Voltaire’s beliefs on freedom of speech. It resembles the actual line “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too” from Voltaire’s Essay on Tolerance. (wiki – Hall, wiki – Voltaire)