🌿 • • • Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just • • • 🌿 (25. 8. 1767 ― 28. 7. 1794)
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"Every other member of the Convention was older than he was, yet he dominated most of them easily. Tense, alert, seemingly unruffled; cold and superior in manner, sometimes purposefully enigmatic; he behaved like one who thought himself above humanity, and made his admirers feel the presence of a demigod. He resembled Robespierre, whom he had once worshiped as a hero and came to patronize as a colleague. Robespierre was vain, Saint-Just was overweening. Robespierre was rather stiff, Saint-Just was inflexible. Saint-Just was a Robespierre drawn in sharper lines, more full-blooded, more impetuous, despite his impassive airs, a Robespierre without the wordiness, the indecision, the introversion and the soul-searching, but also without any of the saving elements of kindness and sincerity.
Saint-Just was an idea energized by a passion. All that was abstract, absolute and ideological in the Revolution was embodied in his slender figure and written upon his youthful face, and was made terrible by the unceasing drive of his almost demonic energy. He was a Rousseauist, but what he shared with Rousseau was the Spartan rigor of the Social Contract, not the soft day-dreaming of the Nouvelle Heloise, still less the self-pity of Confessions." — R. R. Palmer, "Twelve Who Ruled"