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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Jean Pierre Brissot

  • [A politician of the French Revolution, born 1754; one of the leaders of the Girondists, with whom he was executed, October, 1793.]
  • How much blood will be required to wash out our own!

  • During “the last night of the Girondists.”
  • He said of Mme. Roland, “It is less difficult for a woman to obtain celebrity by her genius, than to be forgiven for it.”
  • Dufocé, a Girondist, being asked, on his trial by the revolutionary tribunal, what he thought of Brissot, replied, “He lived like Aristides, and died like Sidney.” Taine, however, calls him “one of those presuming, threadbare, talkative fellows, who, living in a garret, lectures foreign cabinets, and reconstructs all Europe.”—French Revolution.