A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 13, 2013
“The living deserve our respect; the dead deserve the truth”

Voltaire (1694-1778) wrote in a 1719 letter to M. de Genonville, “On doit des egards aux vivants; on ne doit aux morts que la verite.” ("We should be considerate to the living; to the dead we owe only the truth.") The modern form of the quotation has used the word “deserve”—“The living deserve our respect; the dead deserve the truth.”

The quotation has been used when the truth is sought about an incident (such as a war) where someone has died.


Wikiquote: Voltaire
François-Marie Arouet (November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778), famous using his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer, deist and philosopher.

Sourced
On doit des egards aux vivants; on ne doit aux morts que la verite.
We should be considerate to the living; to the dead we owe only the truth.
. Letter to M. de Grenonville (1719).

Google News Archive
4 March 1975, Sarasota (FL) Journal, “Historical Figures Deserve The Truth” by Max Lerner, pg. 6-A, col. 6:
THE PRIMARY obligation is to be fair, truthful and compassionate at the same time, which is a pretty big order. There is a sentence from Voltaire that Charles McCarry uses in his suspense novel about Kennedy’s Vietnam tole and his assassination, “The Tears of Autumn”: “To the living, one owes consideration; to the dead, only the truth.”

Google Books
Shadow Lovers:
The Last Affairs of H.G. Wells

By Andrea Lynn
Boulder, CO: Westview Press
2001
Pg. V:
The dead deserve the truth, the living deserve our respect.

toonzone
Thread: The Rev. Jerry Falwell dead at 73.
GregX
05-15-2007, 03:27 PM
The living deserve respect, the dead deserve the truth.

Byrne Robotics
John Byrne
Posted: 08 July 2009 at 5:32am
(...)
Once again, my favorite quite from that old rascal Voltaire—“The living deserve our respect, the dead deserve the truth.”

The Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Mailbag: Letters From Readers
Last Modified: June 08. 2013 10:34PM
Reveal truth about Benghazi, Boston
There is an old saying: the dead deserve our respect, and the living deserve the truth. But not with this administration. What exactly happened, who is responsible for what happened and let the consequences fall on the truth.

We need to respect those who gave up their lives in Benghazi, Boston and the truth needs to be told to have respect for the living.

George J. Kochis
Kingston

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, June 13, 2013 • Permalink