Voltaire  [Qoted, in part, from 1998 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: Voltaire, born Francois Marie Arouet, in Paris, Nov. 21, 1694, died May 30, 1778, was the most influential figure of the French Enlightenment. Considered by his contemporaries as the greatest poet and dramatist of the century, he is now better known for his essays and tales. His precocious wit, his upbringing among a group of libertins, or freethinkers, and his predilection for aristocratic circles were to mark his life, as his classical education by the Jesuits was to form his taste.]

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power rto make you commit atrocities (as quoted in the N. Y. Times)

I detest what you write, but I would give up my life to make it possible for you to continue to write. (to M. leRiche, February 6, 1770)