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Louis Antoine de Saint-Just

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It is time that we labored for the happiness of the people. Legislators who are to bring light and order into the world must pursue their course with inexorable tread, fearless and unswerving as the sun.
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Speech to the National Convention (December 27, 1792). [Source: Oeuvres Compl?tes de Saint-Just, Vol. 1 (2 vols., Paris, 1908), p. 383]

 
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