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141.: On the Mutual Destruction of the Revolutionary Factions - Jacob Burckhardt, Judgments on History and Historians 
Judgments on History and Historians, ed. Alberto R. Coll (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999).
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On the Mutual Destruction of the Revolutionary Factions
If those people had had even the faintest notion of real governing and a little true ruling spirit, they would not have treated one another the way they did. But their background was that of gens de lettres and lawyers, their ambition was to orate and to write, their most rabid desire to be right exclusively, because their literary or legal backgrounds had taught them nothing different.
Terrorism is essentially the rage of literati in its last stage, at least in the cases of Robespierre, St. Just, and others.