from Les Miserables

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To dare: progress comes at this price.

All sublime conquests are, more or less, the rewards of daring. For Revolution to exist, it was not enough that Montesquieu should forsee it, that Diderot should preach it, that Beaumarchais should announce it, that Condorcet should calculate it, that Voltaire should prepare it, that Rousseau should premeditate it; Danton had to dare it.

The cry of boldness is a Fiat Lux! The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man’s guiding lights. The dawn dares when it rises.

 

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