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: At this solemn moment, in the presence of this tribunal, which is the representative of human justice, before France, before the whole world, I swear that Dreyfus is innocent! By all that I have won, by all that I have written to spread the spirit of France, I swear that he is innocent. May all that melt away; may my name perish if Dreyfus be not innocent. He is innocent.
: Why didn't Picquart say anything? Lucie Dreyfus
: Colonel Picquart is a good officer. He kept silent at the request of his superiors. Émile Zola
: You mean they KNEW and they ordered him to suppress the truth? Why,that's monstrous!
: What does it matter if an individual is shattered - if only justice is resurrected?
: [reading from his letter "I Accuse"
] I shall tell the truth. Because if I did not, my nights would be haunted by the spectre of an innocent man expiating under the most frightful torture a crime he never committed.
: We've been watching your writings, young man. You're a troublemaker! These articles of yours, attacking our leading men of letters, the arts! Criticizing the civic authorities! Émile Zola
: Perhaps you know of something better for me to criticize?
: Life is tricky.
: This Esterhazy is one of the most glorious liars that ever drew breath. Why, the authority of it, the poise; the man's a genius!