22 Remarkable Robespierre Quotes

22 Remarkable Robespierre Quotes

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Maximilien de Robespierre was a lawyer and politician from Paris, France. He is most famous for his work during the French Revolution. He was a member of the Estates General as well as the Jacobin Club and actively opposed the death penalty and abolition of slavery, which was an unpopular opinion in these times. He held many different office positions including Member of the National Assembly, President of the National Convention, and Member of Committee of Public Safety. He died on July 28, 1794 at the age of 36.

“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 institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.”

“Any law which violates the inalienable 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.”

“By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness.”

“Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution?”

“Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.”

“It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live.”

“Omelettes are not made without breaking eggs.”

“Pity is treason.”

“Scelerat, go down to hell, with the curses of all wives and mothers!”

“Show my head to the people – it will be worth it.”

“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 aim of constitutional government is to preserve the Republic; that of revolutionary government is to lay its foundation.”

“The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.”

“The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.”

“The king must die so that the country can live.”

“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.”

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

“To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.”

“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.”

“When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.”