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half an ounce of lead shatters my body

What concern to me are humanity, benevolence, modesty, temperance, gentleness, wisdom, piety, so long as half an ounce of lead shatters my body, and I die at twenty in torments unspeakable, surrounded by five or six thousand dead and dying while my eyes, opening for the last time, see the town I was born in delivered to fire and sword, and the last sounds that reach my ears are the shrieks of women and children expiring in the ruins — and the whole for the pretended interest of men that we do not know? – François-Marie Arouet, Voltaire, (1694-1778)

 

By |2017-07-21T11:57:27+00:00August 17th, 2010|Humanity, War|Comments Off on half an ounce of lead shatters my body
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