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Treatise on Tolerance

By Voltaire

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Title: Treatise on Tolerance  
Author: Voltaire
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Voltaire,. (n.d.). Treatise on Tolerance. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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Excerpt: A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF JEAN CALAS THE murder of Jean Calas, committed in Toulouse with the sword of justice, the 9th of March, 1762, is one of the most singular events that calls for the attention of the present age and of posterity. We soon forget the crowd of victims who have fallen in the course of innumerable battles, not only because this is a destiny inevitable in war, but because those who thus fell might also have given death to their enemies, and did not lose their lives without defending themselves. Where the danger and the advantage are equal, our wonder ceases, and even pity itself is in some measure lessened; but where the father of an innocent family is delivered up to the hands of error, passion, or fanaticism; where the accused person has no other defense but his virtue; where the arbiters of his destiny have nothing to risk in putting him to death but their having been mistaken, and where they may murder with impunity by decree, then every one is ready to cry out, every one fears for himself, and sees that no person?s life is secure in a court erected to watch over the lives of citizens, and every voice unites in demanding vengeance.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: TREATISE ON TOLERANCE, 1 -- Voltaire, 1 -- A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF JEAN CALAS, 1 -- XXI. VIRTUE IS BETTER THAN LEARNING, 6 -- XXII. OF UNIVERSAL TOLERANCE, 7 -- XXIII. PRAYER TO GOD, 8

 

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