Denis Diderot Quote
In England, philosophers are honoured, respected; they rise to public offices, they are buried with the kings...In France warrants are issued against them, they are persecuted, pelted with pastoral letters: Do we see that England is any the worse for it?
'Introduction aux Grands Principes ou Réception d'un Philosophe', in J. Assézat (ed.), Oeuvres Complètes (1875–7), Vol. 2