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Robespierre Quotes & Sayings
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Pity is treason.
The king must die so that the country can live.
To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.
When a banker jumps out of a window, jump after him...that's where the money is.
The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.
Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally destined to emerge from the Revolution.
Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
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 inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
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.
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 ought to perish rather than a hundred thousand virtuous citizens; Louis must die that the country may live
Maximilien Francois Robespierre
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