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Quote from Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre,

"La plus extravagante idée qui puisse naître dans la tête d'un politique est de croire qu'il suffise à un peuple d'entrer à main armée chez un peuple étranger, pour lui faire adopter ses lois et sa constitution. Personne n'aime les missionnaires armés; et le premier conseil que donnent la nature et la prudence, c'est de les repousser comme des ennemis."

“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 François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Le secret de la liberté est d'éclairer les hommes, comme celui de la tyrannie est de les retenir dans l'ignorance

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.”
— Sir Francis Bacon
“One can ignore reality, but one cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”
— Ayn Rand
“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson


Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (more quotes by Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre or books by/about Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre)

(6 May 1758 - 28 July 1794) French lawyer, statesman, one of the most influential figures of the French Revolution, member of the Constituent Assembly, Jacobin Club


Public statement (November 1792), quoted in Oeuvres de Maximilien Robespierre (1840), Volume 2, p. 253


Liberty, Enlightenment, Tyranny, Ignorance


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