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Pierre Bayle
November 18, 1647 - December 28, 1706
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.


I am a good Protestant, and in the full sense of the term, for from the bottom of my soul, I protest against everything that is said, and everything that is done.


There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.


It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.


I know too much to be a sceptic and too little to be a dogmatist.


The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth.


There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.


Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race.


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