Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (180774)
There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.
Attributed to ALEXANDRE LEDRU-ROLLIN, one of the leaders of the February Revolution of 1848 in France.
James Michael Curley uses this quotation as an epigraph at the beginning of chapter 4 of his autobiography, Id Do It Again, p. 44 (1957), and attributes it to a French Revolutionist.
Attribution to Gandhi of I must follow the people for I am their leader is made by Leon Howell, The Delta Ministry, Christianity and Crisis, August 8, 1966, p. 192.
Alvin R. Calman, Ledru-Rollin and the Second French Republic (Studies in History, Economics and Public Law, vol. 103, no. 2), p. 374 (1922), says Ledru-Rollins use of I am their chief; I must follow them is probably apocryphal.