I repeat with the most vehement conviction: truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. Today is only the beginning, for it is only today that the positions have become clear: on one side, those who are guilty, who do not want the light to shine forth, on the other, those who seek justice and who will give their lives to attain it. I said it before and I repeat it now: when truth is buried underground, it grows and it builds up so much force that the day it explodes it blasts everything with it. We shall see whether we have been setting ourselves up for the most resounding of disasters, yet to come.
(J'accuse!, 1898)

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There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.
Emile Zola (Letter to Paul Cézanne, 1860)
Don't go looking at me like that because you'll wear your eyes out.
Emile Zola (Les Rougon-Macquart - La Bête humaine, 1890)
Truth is on the march; nothing can stop it now.
Emile Zola (La Figaro, 1897)
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