Joseph De Maistre

Joseph De Maistre

French diplomat and philosopher

Lived from: 1753-1821

Category: Politics | Philosophers

Quotes: Joseph De Maistre

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    A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.
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    False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.
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    All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.
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    Every country has the government it deserves.
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    I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man; it is horrible.
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    I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.
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    If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.
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    In the whole vast dome of living nature there reigns an open violence, a kind of prescriptive fury which arms all the creatures to their common doom: as soon as you leave the inanimate kingdom you find the decree of violent death inscribed on the very frontiers of life.
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    In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.
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    It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.
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    Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.
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    Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.
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    Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.
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    Nothing is necessary except God, and nothing is less necessary than pain.
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    The whole earth, perpetually steeped in blood, is nothing but an immense altar on which every living thing must be sacrificed without end, without restraint, without respite until the consummation of the world, the extinction of evil, the death of death.
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