Here’s that foreign king again. Say it, Robespierre:
“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.”
By the way, this comes from his speech “Sur la guerre,” of January 1792.