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July 28, 2010

About Him: Robespierre

Anonymous, French. Maximilien Robespierre. Oil on canvas.  Musée Carnavalet.

 "This man will go far because he believes everything he says."
Mirabeau

4 comments

  1. I don't like him. He ruined an "honest" princess...poor Caroline.

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  2. He was scary....with regard to France's political morality after Louis XVI's death, he stated:

    "If virtue be the spring of a popular government in times of peace, the spring of that government during a revolution is virtue combined with terror: virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent."

    Nothing like a little terror to make a country come together....

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  3. For me, Robespierre is the ultimate forebear of Napoleon in French politics. Both men were brilliant with an honest concern for the good of their country. But, as a wise man once said, ultimate power corrupts ultimately and both fell into the pit of ultimate power. No one, after all, is incorruptible.

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  4. Marchioness de VogueAugust 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    evil man, before and during corruption.

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