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Marquis de Sade:

Compassion

Now Marat you are talking like an aristocrat

Compassion is the property of the privileged classes

When the pitier lowers himself

to give to a beggar

he throbs with contempt

To protect his riches he pretends to be moved

and his gift to the beggar amounts to no more than a kick

No Marat

no small emotions please

Your feelings were never petty

For you just as for me

only the most extreme actions matter

*Marat/Sade.  Peter Weiss

*The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton uner the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

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