"The land which saw you born has repudiated you; the laws have excluded you from this common inheritance; you have cleared it, but others possess it; you and the ox yoked to the plow are put on the same level. Nature called you to a share in its domain, but tyranny has pushed you aside and says, 'You are not men; live like the beasts, to serve and obey me.' "
— MARMONTEL, Address in Favor of the Peasants of the North (1757), Oeuvres, Vol, X., p. 74. (Speech of an Imaginary Orator)