Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) quotes


  • 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.
  • Pity is treason.
  • The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.
  • 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.
  • To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.

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