Quotation by Jean Cocteau

If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), French author, filmmaker. (Essay originally published 1918). Le Coq et l'Arlequin, Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926), repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950).

Barabbas was the thief and insurrectionary leader reprieved at Christ's crucifixion, following the custom at Passover. (Matthew 27).
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