Quotation by Vladimir Nabokov

I wonder where you got your statistics when you say that Theirs executed more people than did the Terreur? I object to this kind of excuse for two reasons. Although from a Christian's or a mathematician's point of view a thousand people killed in battle a hundred years ago equal a thousand people killed in a battle of today, historically the first definition is "slaughter" and the second "some casualties." Secondly: one cannot compare the slapdash suppression, however abominable, of a revolt with the thorough application of a system of murder.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, Dec. 15, 1940 (1979).

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