Who said "Only a moment to cut off that head and a hundred years may not give us another like it. "?He said it under what context ?
When the French Revolution began in 1789, Lavoisier, like many other philosophically minded administrators, saw it as an opportunity to rationalize and improve the nations politics and economy. Such optimism was soon tempered, however, by upheavals that put the very existence of the state at risk. Lavoisier, perhaps overvaluing the authority of science and the power of reason, continued to advise revolutionary governments on finance and other matters, and neither he nor his wife fled abroad when popular anger turned against those who had exercised power and enjoyed social privileges in the old regime. As the revolution became increasingly radical and those in command were driven to ruling by terror, Lavoisier continued to argue that the Academy of Sciences should be saved because its members were loyal and indispensable servants of the state. This rear-guard action w ...more