: Off Topic - What T. Jefferson didn't originate...

05-06-2002, 02:49 AM

Seems Thomas Jefferson isn't the originator of the quote, "I might not like what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it". A little research shows that this is a paraphrase of Voltaire's words in his "Essay On Tolerance" attributed to Evelyn Beatrice Hall under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre and published in "Friends of Voltaire" (1906). The original quote's time of origin is 1770 and may have been picked up by Jefferson during the time he spent in France, hence the erroneous connection though the true text does differ somewhat.

Thought you might like to know...


05-06-2002, 11:08 AM

Yep I know. I thought it was Voltaire as I had often over the years attributed it to him but after you mentioned Jefferson, I got to wondering if I had been off track. I did a little web research to confirm. Makes little difference, it is an outstanding line from whatever source.