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brentspeak

(18,290 posts)
Fri Jul 18, 2014, 11:37 PM Jul 2014

Aaron Burr: "Had I read Sterne more and Voltaire less, (I might not have dueled & killed Hamilton)"

The actual quote from Aaron Burr is this (reflecting years later on the duel which saw him shoot and kill Alexander Hamilton): ""Had I read Sterne more and Voltaire less, I should have known the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me."

My knowledge of Voltaire isn't that great, and I know even less about Laurence Sterne. For those DUers who might know about Voltaire's philosophy and Sterne's literary works, what was Burr referring to?


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Aaron Burr: "Had I read Sterne more and Voltaire less, (I might not have dueled & killed Hamilton)" (Original Post) brentspeak Jul 2014 OP
He was not being sincere. enlightenment Jul 2014 #1
Yes, from all accounts, Burr wanted to kill Hamilton brentspeak Jul 2014 #4
apparently reading Voltaire hfojvt Jul 2014 #2
Jefferson was influenced by Voltaire, but without brentspeak Jul 2014 #5
I was poking fun at Voltaire hfojvt Jul 2014 #6
Burr would almost make Dick Cheney a statesman by comparison. gordianot Jul 2014 #3

enlightenment

(8,830 posts)
1. He was not being sincere.
Fri Jul 18, 2014, 11:58 PM
Jul 2014

The comment is a play on something Uncle Toby said to a fly in Sterne's "Tristram Shandy": "Go poor Devil, get thee gone, why should I hurt thee? — This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me."

Burr was a nasty man.

brentspeak

(18,290 posts)
4. Yes, from all accounts, Burr wanted to kill Hamilton
Sat Jul 19, 2014, 12:49 AM
Jul 2014

And unlike Hamilton, wasn't content with deliberately not hitting his target and laying the animosity to rest.

Thanks for the info about Sterne.

gordianot

(15,302 posts)
3. Burr would almost make Dick Cheney a statesman by comparison.
Sat Jul 19, 2014, 12:09 AM
Jul 2014

Both are/were treasonous bastards that manage to escape a noose.

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