Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary
The Philosophical Dictionary
Selected and Translated by H.I. Woolf
New York: Knopf, 1924

Scanned by the Hanover College Department of History in 1995.
Proofread and pages added by Jonathan Perry, March 2001.


HAPPY Helvetia! to what charter do you owe your liberty? to your courage, to your resolution, to your mountains.

" But I am your emperor. "

" But I do not want you any longer."

" But your fathers were my father's slaves."

" It is for that very reason that their children do not wish to serve you."

" But I had the right belonging to my rank."

" And we have the right of nature."

Why is liberty so rare? Because it is the chiefest good.

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