Tuesday, November 17, 2020



Clive James (1939-2019), "Chamfort," Cultural Amnesia (2007; rpt. London: Picador, 2012), pp. 106-109 (at 107):
Chamfort was the one who supplied the lasting definition of fraternité: 'Be my brother or I will kill you.' That, in fact, was the joke that killed him: he was arrested soon after making it.
"Sois mon frère ou je te tue" was Chamfort's variation on the revolutionary slogan "La Fraternité ou la mort."

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