Maximilien Robespierre was a French lawyer, politician and revolutionary. He is best known for his role as the president of France’s Committee of Public Safety during the period leading up to and including the Reign of Terror. Maximilien Robespierre was born in Arras, France on May 6th 1758. His father was a lawyer and he wanted to follow the same path as his dad but because of an illness, had to abandon that dream. He quickly rose through the ranks of French society and became a well-respected member of the National Assembly. It is said that he never missed an opportunity for public speaking and this is most likely what led him into politics. In 1789, Robespierre published On The Principles Of Political Morality which outlined his political philosophy and ideas about how morality should be applied to government.
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A sensibility that wails almost exclusively over the enemies of liberty seems suspect to me. Stop shaking the tyrant’s bloody robe in my face, or I will believe that you wish to put Rome in chains. — 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
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. — Maximilien Robespierre
The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual. — Maximilien Robespierre
When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him–that’s where the money is. — Maximilien Robespierre
The aim of constitutional government is to preserve the Republic; that of revolutionary government is to lay its foundation. — Maximilien Robespierre
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Pity is treason. — Maximilien Robespierre
Softness to traitors will destroy us all. — Maximilien Robespierre
One can…never create [freedom] by an invading force. — Maximilien Robespierre
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
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
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
To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. — Maximilien Robespierre
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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
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Omelets are not made without breaking eggs. — Maximilien Robespierre
By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness. — Maximilien Robespierre
How did Maximilien Robespierre come to power?
Maximilien Robespierre began his political career in 1789, when he was elected to represent the Third Estate of Artois in the pre-Revolutionary Estates-General.
As a representative of the Third Estate, Robespierre promoted the interests of the lower classes.
He and other representatives of the Third Estate joined together to form the short-lived National Assembly, which was eventually replaced by the Legislative Assembly and, later, the National Convention.
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
Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all. — Maximilien Robespierre
Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible. It is then an emanation of virtue. — Maximilien Robespierre
No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. — Maximilien Robespierre