Voltaire quote in French (To find out who rules over you...)?

Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

I cannot seem to find the initial version in French of this quote. Can anyone help and point out to how (which words) Voltaire used when he wrote in French?

PS: I am assuming this quote is his, but I could be wrong... I need to use something from Voltaire...

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  • 7 years ago
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    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.—Voltaire” suddenly became the subject of “Quote of the Day” on several websites in 2012, even though Voltaire lived from 1694-1778. The quotation does not appear at all in the Google News Archive. There is no evidence for the quotation in any of Voltaire’s writings. The origin of the quotation is unknown.

    Several website forums have posters, posting from 2010 and slightly earlier, who have added the “Voltaire” quotation to their posts. However, the dates might not be accurate and the quotation might have been recently added to the signature of these old posts. The blog Ex Cathedra has the quote in a left-hand column and calls it “Voltaire’s Razor” (after “Occam’s razor”).

    Wikipedia: Voltaire

    François-Marie Arouet (French pronunciation: [fʁɑ̃.swa ma.ʁi aʁ.wɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (pronounced: [vɔl.tɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poetry, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

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    Susanne

    Posted 02 May 2007 - 02:28 PM

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    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” — Voltaire

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    Legend

    Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:02 pm

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    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”—Voltaire

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    MrPlum

    Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:02 pm

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    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”—Voltaire

    Rebellion

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Quote of the day

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire

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    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”- voltaire

    By anonymous – June 8, 2012

    (The quotation is given under a picture of Voltaire—ed.)

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    Posted on June 24th, 2012 at 17:07 by John Sinteur

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    –Voltaire

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    Voltaire Has Already Warned Us…

    June 27, 2012

    “To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” ~Voltaire

    Share Crazy

    Wednesday 27 June 2012

    QUOTE OF THE DAY

    To find out who rules over you, simple determine who you’re not allowed to criticise

    - Voltaire

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    July 17, 2012

    Quote of the Day

    by Keith Preston

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

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    Initial post: Aug 13, 2012 6:25:18 PM PDT

    left coaster says:

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire

    So who rules?

    Posted on Aug 13, 2012 6:57:06 PM PDT

    T.Paine says:

    Would this include Obama since everytime we criticize him we are called racist?

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    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Quote of the Day: Voltaire

    To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

    ~ Voltaire

  • 3 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    I believe it was made-up by some 'anti-semite'. Yet if it's true about the world, then you don't need it to be from Voltaire for it to be useful! Even White Nationalists can have good logic (thinking that this is possible is good logic, thinking that it is impossible is irrational - and people act irrationally when talking about such people, too many shortcuts and stereotypes to have a proper debate). I'm sick of the idiot human race needing for good logic or some good idea to come from some 'credible' source, because they need to show off that they are 'educated' (in the 'correct' way). To be PART OF SOME TRIBE. Logic and reason has no master.

  • 4 years ago

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    Voltaire quote in French (To find out who rules over you...)?

    Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

    I cannot seem to find the initial version in French of this quote. Can anyone help and point out to how (which words) Voltaire used when he wrote in French?

    PS: I am assuming this quote...

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  • 4 years ago

    It's a misattribution, deliberately made up by a very nasty man:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Alfred_Strom#M...

    Perhaps we should spread the truth about this "quotation", I don't like the idea of Voltaire being appropriated by the extreme Right.

    • Who gives a toss who said it, if it is good logic?! I'm sick of the idiot human race needing for good logic or some good idea to come from some 'credible' source, because they need to show off that they are 'educated' (in the 'correct' way). To be PART OF SOME TRIBE. Logic and reason has no master.

  • 6 years ago

    Here is a Facebook post of the "quote" from May 22 2012. I see it has been shared 138 times.

    https://www.facebook.com/ExposingTheTruth/posts/10...

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  • 4 years ago

    Note that the very first answer, the one that caters to the gatekeepers at Wikislime and other zionist sewers, is marked as the "Best Answer." It s not. And THAT, of course, is the whole point, Can we get a big "DUH!"

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