“If there is something you know, communicate it. If there is something you don’t know, search for it.”
The French Enlightenment was a philosophical movement, starting around 1700 and ending about 1800. Many agree that it paved the way for the French Revolution; inspiring revolutionaries such as Robespierre and the Abbé Sieyès (however it had little impact on events like the March on Versailles as these were largely peasant-led).
The Enlightenment was led by many intellectuals, for example Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu, all of whom contributed to ‘Encylopédie’, an encyclopedia by Denis Diderot (and others) that was at the forefront of representing the spirit and thoughts of the Enlightenment.
The ideas were also spread outside of France, inspiring figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson who played major roles in the American Revolution.