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All Quotes by author - Maximilien Robespierre
" 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. "
" Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular. "
" Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime. "
" Pity is treason. "
" 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. "
" 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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