From My Friend Robespierre by Henri Beraud, 1825

“The most extravagant idea that can enter a politican’s head is the belief that all a people need to do to spread their own laws and constitution is to enter another nation with a sword.”

–Maximilien Robespierre, December 21, 1791

The quote was found in an interesting, haphazardly written novel-in-the-form-of-a-memoir rescued from the tottering piles at the San Francisco Library book sale.

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