The Revolution eats its children

[Jaques Mallet du Pan] is known for coining the adage “like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children,” which originally appeared as “A l’exemple de Saturne, la révolution dévore ses enfants” in his widely circulated 1793 essay Considérations sur la nature de la Révolution de France, et sur les causes qui en prolongent la durée.

Goya’s painting above.  Wikipedia tells me Goya had this painting in his dining room.

Rubens on same theme:


One Comment on “The Revolution eats its children”

  1. […] uncle reminded me there’s a saying that the revolution devours its children. He was referring to Iran. But I think it could yet apply here, […]


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