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Voltaire In His Letters; Being A Selection From His Correspondence


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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... then, not also add to what is called our liberty? There is no one of our senses or our powers which has not been helped by effort. Why should liberty be the only one of man's attributes which he cannot increase? Suppose, for instance, we see round us trees hung with a delicious but poisoned fruit, which a raging hunger incites us to pick: if we feel ourselves too weak to abstain, let us go (and going depends on ourselves) to places where there are no such fruits. These are counsels which, like so many others, are no doubt easier to give than to follow: but we are in the presence of a disease wherein the patient must minister to himself. X CONSOLING A FAILURE To Mdlle. Dangeville [Written after the production of Voltaire's Roman tragedy Brutus, in which the youthful Mdlle. Dangeville played, very badly, the important part of Tullie. No other playwright, surely, ?--not even another Frenchman,--ever reassured a timid ingenue who had spoilt his piece with more delicacy and consideration.] December, 1731. Prodigy, allow me to present you with a copy of the Henriade--a very serious work for your age--but she who can play Tullie cannot be incapable of serious reading, and it is only right that I should lay my works at the feet of her who bestows her beauty on them. I thought I was going to die this evening, and am, truly, very ill: otherwise I should have offered you thanks and homage for the honour you did me to-day. The piece is unworthy of you: but you must remember what laurels you will win in endowing my Tullie with your graces. It will owe its success to you. But to achieve that success you must not hurry any of your lines; you must lighten them, add pathos to declamation, and be sure to take plenty of time. Above all, put all your soul and strengt...
Title:Voltaire In His Letters; Being A Selection From His CorrespondenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217806430

ISBN - 13:9780217806435

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