Quotes for the People of Paris, for Everyone
Every Sunday I post a quote from a writer, usually about writing, sometimes about the bigger world we all inhabit. That didn’t seem appropriate after the events in Paris on Friday. I wasn’t sure what to put here. Words can be very clumsy, but in the end I decided on extracts from two statements.
“What took place in the French capital yesterday was horrific and immoral. We stand in solidarity with the people of France – as with all victims of terror and violence…It’s vital at a time of such tragedy and outrage not to be drawn into responses which feed a cycle of violence and hatred. We are proud to live in a multicultural and multi-faith society, and we stand for the unity of all communities.”
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party
“Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.”
Barrack Obama, President of United States of America
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