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Louis Antoine de Saint-Just

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Citizens, by what illusion could one persuade himself that you are inhuman. Your Revolutionary Tribunal has condemned three hundred rascals to death in a year. Has not the Spanish Inquisition done worse than that ... Have the English assizes butchered no one in that period? ... What of the kings of Europe, does anyone prate to them of pity? Ah, do not allow yourselves to grow soft-hearted!
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Speech to the National Convention (February 26, 1794). [Source: Charles Vellay (ed.), Oeuvres Compl?tes de Saint-Just, Vol. 2 (2 vols., Paris, 1908), pp. 236-237]

 
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