Louise Michel Quotes on the Paris Commune
A collection of Louise Michel's most fiery and eloquent quotes as she represented herself on the charges of overthrowing the Government, wearing men's clothing.
“Prose and music and verse disappeared because we felt so near to the drama coming from the street, the true drama, the drama of humanity. The songs of the new epoch were war songs, and there was no room for anything else.”
“Who would have thought that those men at the rue Hautefeuille who spoke so forcefully of liberty and who denounced the tyrant Napoleon III so loudly would be among those in May 1871 who wanted to drown liberty in blood? Power makes people dizzy and will always do so until power belongs to all mankind.
“After [the Empire fell] there was too little change, for the people didn’t insist upon it.”
“The members of the men’s Montmartre Vigilance Committee were remarkable persons. Never have I seen minds so direct, so unpretentious and so elevated. Never have I seen individuals so clear-headed. I don’t know how this group managed to do it. There were no weaknesses. Something good and strong supported people.”