Helen Pringle tells us that Voltaire didn’t really say : ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ which is a bit sad.
I hope she doesn’t debunk one of my favourite ‘famous last words’. Please tell me it’s true. I’ve always believed the story that when asked to repent and renouce the devil on his deathbed, Voltaire said . . .
“This is no time to be making new enemies”.