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Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 05/06/1758




 

Maximilien Robespierre Quotes

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Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
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The king must die so that the country can live.
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The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.
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The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
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Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.
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Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
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Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
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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.
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To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.
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Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
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Pity is treason.
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