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  • Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race.
    Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), French skeptical thinker. Historical and Critical Dictionary, "Manicheans," Remark D, p. 147, Selections, trans. by R.H. Popkin, Hackett, Indianapolis (1991). Negative theory of history.

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  • It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.
    Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), Huguenot writer and philosopher. Philosophical Commentary on the Words "Compel Them to Come In," pp. 73-74, ed. Jean-Michel Gros (1686).

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  • I know too much to be a sceptic and too little to be a dogmatist.
    Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), French skeptical thinker. Historical and Critical Dictionary, Introduction, p. x, Selections, trans. by R.H. Popkin, Hackett, Indianapolis (1991).
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