Voltaire’s Orgy

I found this story on Jeff Kacirk's "Forgotten English" calendar from November 21, 2013.

I don't know how true any of this is–it sounds like the sort of thing that would be just a rumor, especially since I can't find a date for the event and don't know if this was said in a letter or in person. The details are sparse.

ANYWAY, French philosopher Voltaire "was once invited to partake in the pleasures of an orgy. After carnally indulging himself, and later expressing fond memories of the experience, he was asked to attend a second gathering of the sort. He declined graciously, saying, 'No, my friends. Once, a philosopher — twice, a pervert.'" Which is fair enough, I guess.

Three times? Charlie Sheen.

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