he draws his materials from the Arabic Mss. of Oxford, which he would have more deeply searched had he been confined to the Bodleian library instead of the city jail

In France … the learning and language of Greece and Rome were neglected by a philosophic age

they concealed the sentiments of an Atheist under sacerdotal robes

Europe is secure from any future irruptions of Barbarians; since, before they can conquer, they must cease to be barbarous

Voltaire, who casts a keen and lively glance over the surface of history