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Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

— Maximilien Robespierre



Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Terror is nothing more than justice, prompt, secure and inflexible.”

Terror is nothing more than justice, prompt, secure and inflexible.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution?”

Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution?

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.”

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

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Softness to traitors will destroy us all.”

Softness to traitors will destroy us all.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “The king must die so that the country can live.”

The king must die so that the country can live.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.”

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

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.”

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

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “The revolution is the war of liberty against its enemies. The constitution is the rule of liberty against its enemies. The constitution is the rule of liberty when victorious and peaceable.”

The revolution is the war of liberty against its enemies. The constitution is the rule of liberty against its enemies. The constitution is the rule of liberty when victorious and peaceable.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “No one loves armed missionaries.”

No one loves armed missionaries.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Food that is necessary for man’s existence is as sacred as life itself. Everything that is indispensable for its preservation is the common property of society as a whole. It is only the surplus that is private property and can be safely left to individual commercial enterprise.”

Food that is necessary for man’s existence is as sacred as life itself. Everything that is indispensable for its preservation is the common property of society as a whole. It is only the surplus that is private property and can be safely left to individual commercial enterprise.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “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.”

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.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Is it to be thought unreasonable that the people, in atonement for wrongs of a century, demand the vengeance of a single day?”

Is it to be thought unreasonable that the people, in atonement for wrongs of a century, demand the vengeance of a single day?

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “We must smother the internal and external enemies of the Republic or perish with it; now in this situation, the first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the people’s enemies by terror.”

We must smother the internal and external enemies of the Republic or perish with it; now in this situation, the first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the people’s enemies by terror.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Peoples do not judge in the same way as courts of law; they do not hand down sentences, they throw thunderbolts; they do not condemn kings, they drop them back into the void; and this justice is worth just as much as that of the courts.”

Peoples do not judge in the same way as courts of law; they do not hand down sentences, they throw thunderbolts; they do not condemn kings, they drop them back into the void; and this justice is worth just as much as that of the courts.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him – that’s where the money is.”

When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him – that’s where the money is.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “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.”

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.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.”

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

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “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.”

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 Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness.”

By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.”

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

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Omelets are not made without breaking eggs.”

Omelets are not made without breaking eggs.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “The aim of constitutional government is to preserve the Republic; that of revolutionary government is to lay its foundation.”

The aim of constitutional government is to preserve the Republic; that of revolutionary government is to lay its foundation.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.”

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

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Establish liberty on a rock of brass.”

Establish liberty on a rock of brass.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “There are only two parties in France: the people and its enemies. We must exterminate those miserable villains who are eternally conspiring against the rights of man... We must exterminate all our enemies.”

There are only two parties in France: the people and its enemies. We must exterminate those miserable villains who are eternally conspiring against the rights of man... We must exterminate all our enemies.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent. Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue.”

Virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent. Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “Unless you do everything for liberty, you have done nothing. There are no two ways of being free: one must be entirely free, or become a slave once more.”

Unless you do everything for liberty, you have done nothing. There are no two ways of being free: one must be entirely free, or become a slave once more.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “To defend the oppressed against their oppressors, to plead the cause of the weak against the strong who exploit and crush them, this is the duty of all hearts that have not been spoiled by egoism and corruption.”

To defend the oppressed against their oppressors, to plead the cause of the weak against the strong who exploit and crush them, this is the duty of all hearts that have not been spoiled by egoism and corruption.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “The people asks only for what is necessary, it only wants justice and tranquility, the rich aspire to everything, they want to invade and dominate everything. Abuses are the work and the domain of the rich, they are the scourges of the people: the interest of the people is the general interest, that of the rich is a particular interest.”

The people asks only for what is necessary, it only wants justice and tranquility, the rich aspire to everything, they want to invade and dominate everything. Abuses are the work and the domain of the rich, they are the scourges of the people: the interest of the people is the general interest, that of the rich is a particular interest.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “A true revolutionary should be ready to perish in the process.”

A true revolutionary should be ready to perish in the process.

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “A nation is truly corrupted when having... lost its character and it’s liberty, it passes from democracy to aristocracy or to monarchy. That is the decrepitude and death of the body politic...”

A nation is truly corrupted when having... lost its character and it’s liberty, it passes from democracy to aristocracy or to monarchy. That is the decrepitude and death of the body politic...

— Maximilien Robespierre


Maximilien Robespierre Quote: “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.”

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.

— Maximilien Robespierre

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