Maximilien Robespierre

(Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre)

Maximilien Robespierre
Maximilien Robespierre
  • Born: May 6, 1758
  • Died: July 28, 1794
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Leader

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Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre was a French lawyer and politician, as well as one of the best known and most influential figures associated with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. As a member of the Estates-General, the Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club, Robespierre was an outspoken advocate for the poor and for democratic institutions. He campaigned for universal male suffrage and religious tolerance in France, and the abolition of slavery in the French colonies. He played an important role in the arrest of King Louis XVI, which led to the establishment of a French Republic on 22 September 1792.

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Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible is evil. Corruption
Chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution? Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Clemency is patricide Justice & Injustice ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
How rich, how happy is he who lives in poverty! He lives his days in wisdom, and sleeps in peace. Only he can be really happy, only he is so always! Poverty
It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Lead the people by reason and the people's enemies by terror. Leaders & Leadership
Now, a river of blood will divide France from its enemies. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
O posterity, sweet and tender hope of humanity, thou art not a stranger to us; it is for thee that we brace all the blows of tyranny, it is thy happiness which is the price of our painful struggles: often discouraged by the obstacles that surround us, we fell the need of they consolations; it is to thee that we confide the task of completing our labors, and the destiny of all the unborn generations of men… Make haste, O posterity, to bring to pass the hour of equality, of justice, of happiness! Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
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. History
Pity is treason Justice & Injustice ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue. Terrorism
Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue… Terrorism
The French nation, content to be free, does not wish to engage herself in any war and wishes to live with all peoples in that brotherhood ordained by nature. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The function of government is to direct the physical and moral powers of the nation toward the end for which the commonwealth has come into being. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
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. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
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. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
They (tyrants) should be attacked, not as ordinary enemies, but as assassins and rebellious brigands. Kings, aristocrats, tyrants, whoever they may be, are slaves in revolt against the sovereign of the land, who is the human race, and against the legislator of the Universe, who is Nature. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. War & Peace
Virtue without terror is powerlessness. Terrorism
When people rise, they must have a goal worthy of them. Must paltry goods be of concern to them?... The people must rise up not to collect sugar, but to bring down the tyrants. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
You are, amongst the nations, what Hercules was amongst the heroes, nature has made you sturdy and powerful; your strength matches your virtue and your cause is that of the gods themselves. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
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.
Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
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.
The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual. Society
The king must die so that the country can live.
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. Freedom & Liberty

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