What do the victims matter if the gesture is beautiful?  

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"Qu'importent les victimes, si le geste est beau?" ("What do the victims matter, so long as the gesture is beautiful") is a dictum attibruted to Laurent Tailhade, uttered the night before Auguste Vaillant bombed the Chamber of Deputies in 1893.

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