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Ideas of Francois-Marie Voltaire, by Text

[French, 1694 - 1778, Born in Paris. Studied law. Famous freelance writer.]

1733 Philosophical Letters from England
25 p.140 The Golden Rule is accepted everywhere, and gives a fixed target for morality
     Full Idea: Pascal asks where we can find a fixed point in morality. The answer is in that single maxim accepted by all nations: "Do not do to others what you would not like to have done to you".
     From: Francois-Marie Voltaire (Philosophical Letters from England [1733], 25)
     A reaction: Should I only offer to my guests foods which I myself like? If I don't mind a bit of pain, is it all right to inflict it? It is a sensible rule, but not precise enough for philosophy.