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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:958
AUTHOR:Charles Péguy (1873–1914)
QUOTATION:We said that a single injustice, a single crime, a single illegality, particularly if it is officially recorded, confirmed, a single wrong to humanity, a single wrong to justice and to right, particularly if it is universally, legally, nationally, commodiously accepted, that a single crime shatters and is sufficient to shatter the whole social pact, the whole social contract, that a single legal crime, a single dishonorable act will bring about the loss of one’s honor, the dishonor of a whole people. It is a touch of gangrene that corrupts the entire body.
ATTRIBUTION:CHARLES-PIERRE PÉGUY, in reference to the Dreyfus trial, Men and Saints, trans. Anne and Julian Green, p. 11 (1944).
SUBJECTS:Justice
 
 
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