Pierre Vergniaud

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Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud (May 31, 1753 - October 31, 1793) was a leader in the French Revolution and one of its most celebrated orators.


  • Citoyens, il est à craindre que la révolution, comme Saturne, ne dévore successivement tous ses enfants et n’engendre enfin le despotisme avec les calamités qui l’accompagnent.
    • Citizens, we have reason to fear that the Revolution, like Saturn, will successively devour all its children, and only engender despotism and the calamities which accompany it.
    • Quoted by F.A.M. Mignet, Histoire de la révolution française (1824), ch. 7 [original French and English translation]

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