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Voltaire said this because once someone has died, they no longer own or control their possessions and money. Anything left in a will is being given away after death, when the person can no longer benefit from or use the money and items themselves.
Voltaire was pointing out that charitable donations made in a will are not really a personal sacrifice, since the person is deceased and no longer has any ownership or need of the money or items. It is essentially giving away something that you no longer have any use for or claim to after death.