Friday, 16 November 2012

Weekend Quote #19

“Harmodius and Aristogiton, Brutus, Chereas, Stephanus, Cromwell, Charlotte Corday, Sand, have all had their moment of agony when it was too late. Our hearts quiver so, and human life is such a mystery that, even in the case of a civic murder, even in a murder for liberation, if there be such a thing, the remorse for having struck a man surpasses the joy of having served the human race.”

Another quote from Hugo's Les Miserables. It is spoken by Combeferre, following the early deaths of the night. Perhaps the quote gives me more meaning because I have just finished reading Julius Caesar. The mentioning of Brutus' name catches my attention.

This quote reminds us all that homicide is still a wrong thing to do, regardless the motive that lies behind it. Enjolras has killed someone in the name of revolution, in the name of general welfare. Does it sweep away his feeling of guilt? No. Just as Brutus, killing Caesar for the people of Rome, does it make him feel better? No.

I respect Jean Valjean for his decision. He insists on not killing anybody, no matter what. He warns them, his shots never miss, but no one's hurt. It's better to do so than carrying a guilty conscience with you.

That's my quote for this week. What about yours?


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