Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, 1758 - 1834
Lieutenant General in the Garde nationale, portrait by Joseph-D&eaucre;iré (1791)
Born: 6 September 1757, Chavaniac, France
Died: 20 May 1834, Paris, France
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- An irresistible passion that would induce me to believe in innate ideas, and the truth of prophecy, has decided my career. I have always loved liberty with the enthusiasm which actuates the religious man with the passion of a lover, and with the conviction of a geometrician. permalink
- Haec Manus Inimica Tyrannis (This Company is an enemy to tyranny.) permalink
inscription on infantry banner
- Humanity ha gained its suit; Liberty will nevermore be without an asylum. permalink
- Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. permalink
- True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate. permalink
Speech (3 January 1834)
- What charms me in America is that all citizens are brethren. permalink
letter to his wife (20 June 1777)
- When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties. permalink
Speech to the Constituent Assembly (20 February 1790)
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