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Voltaire

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Philosopher

The Resume

    (November 21, 1694- )
    Birth Name is Francois Marie Arouet
    Wrote 'Candide'

Why he might be annoying:

    He was a vegetarian.
    He was arrested for his satires that ridiculed the French government (1718).
    He insulted a young French Nobleman and was exiled to England (1726).
    On his return to Paris, he wrote a book praising English customs, the French thought it was a criticism of their culture and he was forced to flee Paris (1729).

Why he might not be annoying:

    His philosophy rejected metaphysical optimism for human resilience.
    He rejected Astrology.
    He said: 'In a word, less superstition, less fanaticism; and less fanaticism, less misery.'
    He said: 'The more I read, the more I meditate; and the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.'
    He strongly criticized religious intolerance and persecution.
    Because he criticized the church, he was denied burial on church grounds.
    Finally an abbey in Champagne allowed his burial, and his remained were later moved to Pantheon (1791).
    Ultra religious zealots dug up his grave and and threw his body into a garbage dump (1814).

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 18 Votes: 5.56% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 10 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 105 Votes: 55.24% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 48 Votes: 47.92% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 71 Votes: 47.89% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 37 Votes: 45.95% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 36 Votes: 38.89% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 47 Votes: 36.17% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 472 Votes: 48.09% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 797 Votes: 40.40% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 471 Votes: 45.44% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 448 Votes: 43.08% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1210 Votes: 43.97% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1797 Votes: 43.13% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 4581 Votes: 43.16% Annoying