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Maximilien Robespierre Quotes and Sayings

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Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne,
and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
- Maximilien Robespierre

To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency;
to forgive them is cruelty.
- 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

Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man
is essentially unjust and tyrannical;
it is not a law at all.
- Maximilien Robespierre

 

The secret of freedom lies in educating people,
whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
- Maximilien Robespierre

The king must die so that the country can live.
- Maximilien Robespierre

Any institution which does not suppose the people good,
and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
- Maximilien Robespierre

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Pity is treason.
- Maximilien Robespierre

The general will rules in society as the private will
governs each separate individual.
- 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.
- Maximilien Robespierre

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.
- Maximilien Robespierre

No crime is so great as daring to excel.
- Winston Churchill

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

I think that there is nothing, not even crime,
more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself
than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty
sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- John Morley

Make crime pay.
Become a lawyer.
- Will Rogers

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery,
fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural,
there would no longer be the means for writing one note.
- Georges Bizet

I rise today in strong support of the Children's Safety
and Violent Crime Reduction Act,
because it is a commonsense way to protect our schoolchildren from pedophiles.
- Ric Keller

Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment
is seven years in prison,
locked up with the other men.
There is a three year waiting list.
- Yakov Smirnoff

I think seeing some of the past can be helpful,
especially if you're into crime solving.
- Yancy Butler

Our family had been shattered, but we now are more united,
and the remains of my family and the majority of my
mother's family are glad to know the truth about a horrible crime.
- Sam Sheppard

Crime to many is not crime but simply a way of life.
If laws are inconvenient, ignore them,
they don't apply to you.
- Dick Francis

The way the terrorist is trained to operate,
especially the suicide terrorists, makes punishment
and the threat of punishment far less valuable to those
who would prevent the crime.
- John Ashcroft

Greatly begin.
Though thou have time, but for a line,
be that sublime.
Not failure, but low aim is crime.
- James Russell Lowell

Environmental degradation, overpopulation,
refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements,
and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't
stop at a nation's borders.
- Warren Christopher

If you take out the killings, Washington actually has
a very very low crime rate.
- Marion Berry

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime
distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
- Vittorio Alfieri

I read true crime books, and I read when people do case studies of stuff.
I'm into books like that.
Case studies or forensics or murder -
all that good stuff.
- Tom Araya

Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm
for other Labour policy disasters.
No one tells the voters that crime is falling:
let them stay scared senseless.
- Polly Toynbee

As the bull market goes on, people who take great risks achieve great rewards,
seemingly without punishment.
It's like crime without punishment or sex without sin.
- Ron Chernow

Let's stop pretending we can arrest our way to safety and security.
Despite all the fine work that policemen and women do,
we have got to find other solutions to deter crime.
- Carrie P. Meek

So what really works? Treatments in jail do some good,
but it's mostly too late: finding a family and a job
or just growing older make most prisoners eventually give up crime.
- Polly Toynbee

I cannot imagine a context that would some day,
in some manner, make the monstrous crime of September
11 an understandable or comprehensible political act.
- Jurgen Habermas

It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.
- Stephen Breyer

As governor, there isn't a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime.
Law enforcement is really a local issue.
It's the cops' job to tighten down on criminals.
- Jesse Ventura

Continuous persecution of widows and orphans is a crime.
Even the Bible says there is a specific place in hell
for those who oppress widows.
- Imelda Marcos

It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
- Pierre Corneille

Dullness is the only crime for which an editor ought to be hung.
- Josephus Daniels

One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to
let the government run it.
- Ronald Reagan

Well for one, the 13th amendment to the constitution
of the US which abolished slavery -
did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime.
- Angela Davis

A defendant on trial for a specific crime is entitled to his day in court,
not in a stadium or a city or nationwide arena.
- Tom C. Clark

No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.
- Titus Livius

I finally faced the fact that it isn't a crime not having friends.
Being alone means you have fewer problems.
- Whitney Houston

I am looking forward to a series of productive meetings
in both Austria and Estonia,
particularly what role organized crime plays in the Baltic drug trade.
- Howard Coble

Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought;
it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no.
- George Savile

I love thinking about American history,
thinking about LA history.
I love brooding on crime.
- James Ellroy

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.
- Voltaire

Stopping crime before it occurs is the most effective
crime fighting tool of all.
- Blanche Lincoln

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
- Stephen Ambrose

Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much
insensibility creates crime.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

He who allows oppression shares the crime.
- Desiderius Erasmus

What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today.
Technology breeds crime.
- Frank Abagnale

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when
the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when
the negro woman is the accusing party.
- Ida B. Wells

It takes a long, hard effort and sustained determination to reduce crime.
We will stay the course and we are confident that the
numbers will continue to go down.
- Jack Johnson

To make the child in your own image is a capital crime,
for your image is not worth repeating.
The child knows this and you know it.
Consequently you hate each other.
- Karl Shapiro

Crime does not pay as well as politics.
- Alfred Newman

A large part of crime is economics -
if people are working and and have a home and family to support,
then I believe you can reduce the crime rate.
- Vincent Frank

Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue:
it is an intellectual crime.
- Imre Lakatos

We improved the environment in which our children live,
learn and play by decreasing crime and clamping down
on abuse and violence in the home and on the streets.
- Jane D. Hull

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill -
spending billions of dollars to build more prisons,
to place more band-aids on society's scars.
- Carrie P. Meek

People have told me about organized crime in the fashion industry,
but I can't talk about that.
I'm looking to stay alive.
- Calvin Klein

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions,
a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
- Freda Adler

I believe if more American children read the Ten Commandments
and are taught what they mean,
they will predictably engage in less crime.
- Gary Bauer

The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
- Pierre Corneille

How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!
- Michel de Montaigne

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
- Friedrich Engels


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