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“A fondness for satire indicates a mind pleased with irritating others; for myself, I never could find amusement in killing flies.”
“People who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.”
“It is impossible to rise to freedom, from the midst of corruptions, without strong convulsions. They are the salutary crises of a serious disease. We are in want of a terrible political fever, to carry off our foul humors.”
“If we do not die for liberty, we shall soon have nothing left to do but weep for her.”
“I was not always free from melancholy; but even melancholy had its charms.”
“It would have cost me more trouble to escape from injustice, than it does to submit to it.”
“Ennui is the disease of hearts without feeling, and of minds without resources.”
“[On her way to the guillotine:] O Liberty! O Liberty! How many crimes are committed in thy name!”
“The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.”
“The feeble howl with the wolves, bray with the asses, and bleat with the sheep.”
Marie-Jeanne Roland, French political leader
(1754 - 1793)
Full name: Marie-Jeanne Philipon Roland. She was usually simply referred to as Madame Roland.