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I do not agree with a word that you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it Lowers p6 In a way this quote by Voltaire describes the way he lived his life He was a freethinker who believed that everybody should be able to say and write what he or she wanted He was the most controversial writer during the time of the Enlightenment He believed that he should be able to write what he wished without anything happening to him However that was not the caseVoltaire the pen name of Francois-Marie Arouet was born November 21 1694 to a middle class family As a child and through his whole life Voltaire was always ill He was also a Hypochondriac Once in a letter to a friend Voltaire said the pen falls from my hand and I am sick as a dog Parton p18 Since his birth his mother had never been well When Voltaire was seven his mother died This allowed his father to be a primary influence but the relationship proved to be filled with friction His father was a lawyer who was very well known and had some famous clients Mason p 16 His father always wanted him to become a lawyer so at the age of 10 he sent his son to a Jesuit school At the school he was a brilliant student and at the age of sixteen he went on to law school In 1718 his revolt against his father was concluded when he chose to be known as Arouet de Voltaire Durant p 8 Where he got this name is unknown His father died in 1722 In 1728 his brother wanted to block his right to the inheritance but it was thrown out of court p9 After law school Voltaire joined a legal firm but it was too strict for him so he soon left Immediately following his brief law career
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