It was most appropriate that Voltaire

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It was most appropriate that Voltaire, at the end of his career should have received the accolade as  the most brilliant member of the French Academy. It must be conceded that he attained this honor as  philosophe.  But originally the Academy was dedicated to the perfection of the French language,  and remained so dedicated well into the eighteenth century.  Le mot juste  — the right word — could  have been its motto; and Voltaire deservedly has been hailed early and late as one who complied.  Moreover, no one had a finer sense of sentence rhythm. If precision, clarity, and rapidity are the first  elements of his style which deserve notice, quite as important are the satirical, the ironical elements. There remain to comment on and to illustrate other stylistic virtues. Most works suffer through  translation, and it must be admitted that  Candide 
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