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Maximilien Robespierre

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre , one of the leaders of the French Revolution. Also known as "the Incorruptible".
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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.

Maximilien Robespierre

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.

Maximilien Robespierre

Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution?

Maximilien Robespierre

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

Maximilien Robespierre

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.

Maximilien Robespierre

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

Maximilien Robespierre

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

Maximilien Robespierre

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

Maximilien Robespierre

Death is the beginning of immortality.

Maximilien Robespierre

Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.

Maximilien Robespierre

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

Maximilien Robespierre

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.

Maximilien Robespierre