Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
Original French: Tout institution qui ne suppose pas le peuple bon et le magistrat corruptible est vicieuse.
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
Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution?Maximilien Robespierre
It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live.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
The aim of constitutional government is to preserve the Republic; that of revolutionary government is to lay its foundation.Maximilien Robespierre
lf the attribute of popular government in peace is virtue, the attribute of popular government in revolution is at one and the same time virtue and terror, virtue without which terror is fatal, terror without which virtue is impotent. The terror is nothing but justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is thus an emanation of virtue.Maximilien Robespierre
If the mainspring of popular government in peace time is virtue, its resource during a revolution is at one and the same time virtue and terror; virtue, without which terror is merely terrible; terror, without which virtue is simply powerless.Maximilien Robespierre
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
The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.Maximilien Robespierre
By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness.Maximilien Robespierre
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
Death is not "an eternal sleep!" Citizens! efface from the tomb that motto, graven by sacrilegious hands, which spreads over all nature a funereal crape, takes from oppressed innocence its support, and affronts the beneficent dispensation of death! Inscribe rather thereon these words: "Death is the commencement of immortality!"Maximilien Robespierre
You will follow us soon! Your house will be beaten down and salt sown in the place where it stood!Maximilien Robespierre