Jean Paul Marat; the people's friend, a biographical sketch

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Page 67 - But, gentlemen, when I assert a thing, I think I •ought to be believed." " Sir, if we thought as you do on that point we .should not have come hither. We have great reasons to doubt. Several members of the military committee have informed us that these pretended Prussians were four French emigrants." " Well, gentlemen, if that were the case ? " " Sir, that would absolutely change the state of the matter. It is the circumstances which provoked "the murder that it is important to know. Now, letters...
Page 73 - In every country where the rights of the people are not empty titles, ostentatiously recorded in a mere declaration, the plunder of a few shops, and the hanging of the forestallers at their doors, would soon put a stop to these malversations which are driving five millions of men to despair, and causing thousands to perish for want. Will then the deputies of the people never do...
Page 70 - Both possess virtues, it is true. Marat is a patriot, he has estimable qualities, I admit, but how different is he from Robespierre! The latter is discreet, moderate in his means, whereas Marat is exaggerated, and has not that discretion which characterizes Robespierre. It is not sufficient to be a patriot ; in order to serve the people usefully, it is necessary to be reserved in the means of execution, and most assuredly Robespierre surpasses Marat in the means of execution.
Page 40 - ... impartial mind, excludes the idea of calculation. One day it is ten thousand heads that must fall, the next it is one hundred thousand, a third it drops to fifty thousand, a fourth to twenty, and so on.
Page 58 - Paris hastens to inform its brothers in all the departments that a portion of the ferocious conspirators detained in the prisons have been put to death by the people...
Page 62 - Convention continued till the end of the war, it would probably have been prolonged up to the present time. But in one most important respect a modification would have been necessary. During the struggle for independence what was wanted was a vigorous dictatorship, combining spiritual with temporal powers: a dictatorship even stronger than the old monarchy, and only distinguished from despotism by its ardour in the cause of progress.
Page 8 - According to one of these, he was filling the chair of French language and literature, in the University of Edinburgh in the year 1772.
Page 69 - It is very astonishing that the names of Marat and Robespierre are always coupled together. How corrupt the public mind must be in the departments, since no difference is made between these two defenders of the people ! Both possess virtues, it is true. Marat is a patriot, he has estimable qualities, I admit, but how different is he from Robespierre! The latter is discreet, moderate in his...
Page 9 - M"*", <i r en médecine et médecin des gardes du corps de monseigneur le comte d'Artois, sur la lumière, constatée par une suite d'expériences nouvelles qui ont été faites un très-grand nombre ~de fois sous les yeux de MM. les commissaires de l'Académie des sciences. Londres, 4780, in-8, br.
Page 8 - That there exists a reciprocal action of the body on the soul and of the soul on the body is a matter of everyday observation. Fear, for example, although originating in the soul, may produce visible transformations in the body and, likewise, the pain resulting from a wound inflicted on the body is experienced by the soul. Both the animal and the corporeal passions, therefore, bespeak a...

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