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Voltaire’s letter to Rousseau on Essay Against Civilization

I agree with you that science and literature have sometimes done a great deal of harm. Tasso’s [2] enemies made his life a long series of misfortunes: Galileo’s enemies kept him languishing in prison, at seventy years of age, for the crime of understanding the revolution of the earth: and, what is still more shameful, obliged him to forswear his discovery.

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painting by Hermann Junker
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Beethoven’s Letter to Carl Friedrich Amenda

I wish that you were with me, for your Beethoven is very unhappy. You must know that one of my most precious faculties, that of hearing, is become very defective; even while you were still with me I felt indications of this, though I said nothing; but it is now much worse.

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