Quotation by Rheta Childe Dorr

...the worst horror of the Russian Revolution was the letting loose of one hundred million orators, for their passion for talk was immediately responsible for all the other horrors ...Oratory prevented Russia from becoming a constitutional country. Oratory tore the Revolution from the patriots and gave it into the bloody hands of the mob. Oratory murdered the Czar, his wife, and their innocent children. Oratory almost wiped out the educated classes. Oratory held the stupid populace spellbound while the Germans invaded the country, boosted Lenine [sic] into power, and paved the way for the treaty of Brest-Litovsk. I never want to hear any more oratory as long as I live.
Rheta Childe Dorr (1866–1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 19 (1924).

Dorr was in Russia on a journalistic assignment at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution.
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