"One must never compromise with tyrants. One can only strike at kings through the head. Nothing can be expected from European kings except by force of arms. I vote for the death of the tyrant."
- Georges Danton, at the trial of Louis XVI
"No man can reign innocently. The folly is all too evident. Every king is a rebel and a usurper."
- Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
"Vive la Nation! Vive la République!"
- Crowd at the execution of Louis XVI
"I understand regicide as a means of obtaining vengeance for the ruin of our lives, but regicide as a means of obtaining political freedom I could never understand."
- Pyotr Kroptokin
"I tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it "
- Oliver Cromwell, on Charles I
“I shall never, under any circumstances, agree to a representative form of government because I consider it harmful to the people whom God has entrusted to my care”
-Tsar Nicholas II Romanov; the people, however, disagreed
"I am not a criminal, for I destroyed a bad man. I thought I was right."
- Gavrilo Princip, assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand I