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Maximilien Robespierre Quotes

Birth Date: 1758-05-06 (Saturday, May 6th, 1758)
Date of Death: 1794-07-28 (Monday, July 28th, 1794)

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Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.Sunday, May 15th, 1791
Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.Thursday, August 16th, 1792
Marc-David Lasource begins accusing Maximilien Robespierre of wanting a dictatorship for France.Wednesday, September 26th, 1792
French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre is arrested after encouraging the execution of more than 17,000 "enemies of the Revolution." (See 9 Thermidor.)Sunday, July 27th, 1794
Maximilien Robespierre is guillotined in Paris during the French Revolution.Monday, July 28th, 1794

Quotes

    • The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.
    • Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution?
    • It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live.
    • Our revolution has made me feel the full force of the axiom that history is fiction and I am convinced that chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue.
    • Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
    • Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a special principle as it is a consequence of the general principle of democracy applied to our country's most urgent needs.
    • The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
    • By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness.
    • We must smother the internal and external enemies of the Republic or perish with it; now in this situation, the first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the people's enemies by terror.
    • Death is the beginning of immortality.
    • Omelettes are not made without breaking eggs.
    • When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.
    • Is it to be thought unreasonable that the people, in atonement for wrongs of a century, demand the vengeance of a single day?
    • The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.
    • A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude.
    • Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
    • Any law which violates the inseparable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
    • Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
    • Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
    • In the system of the French revolution that which is immoral is impolitic, and what tends to corrupt is counter-revolutionary. Weaknesses, vices, prejudices are the road to monarchy.
    • The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
    • The warmth of zeal is not perhaps the most dangerous rock that we have to avoid; but rather that languour which ease produces and a distrust of our own courage.
    • To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.
    • What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them.
    • The attribute of popular government in a revolution is at one and the same time virtue and terror. Virtue without terror is fatal; terror without virtue is impotent....terror is nothing but justice; prompt, severe, inflexible. It is the emanation of virtue.'
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