Leibnitz, though not murdered, may be said to have died partly of the fear that he should be murdered, and partly of the vexation that he was not.
~ Thomas De Quincey, Murder Considered As One of the Fine Arts
Such a cosmic rebuke. Leibniz might have thought his murder necessary in the best of all possible worlds. Mere death is something even the least can aspire to with confidence; the grand endorsement of martyrdom is granted to few.