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Of coffee, Voltaire is reputed to have said: "Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity". He is believed to have consumed around 30 cups of coffee a day. This large quantity of coffee has been commented on as perhaps being part of his success in producing such large amounts of content over the years; somewhere near 2000 publications, such as books and plays, and also around 20,000 letters due to a number of decade spanning correspondences he maintained, many with rulers and philosophers (though this number contains the letters of both the correspondents and himself). Voltaire wrote much of his work in coffee houses, which were well frequented establishments, renowned for being popular haunts for intellectuals.

François-Marie Arouet, to use Voltaire's true name, was an advocate of freedom of expression and religion, along with the separation of church and state, views that he put across with a certain amount of wit. As a Frenchman, his views were personally dangerous given the ruling Absolutist Monarchy and religious intolerance at the time. In fact, Voltaire was incarcerated in the Bastille a number of times and also exiled for his work. Despite holding views that could have left certain, less reputable individuals wanting him killed- a set of circumstances that has seen off many a great thinker- Voltaire died in 1778 at the ripe old age of 83, as a renowned individual.

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