Joseph de Maistre - Quotes

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Every country has the government it deserves.

Every country has the government it deserves.

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections. ---->>>

There is no man who desires as passionately as a Russian. If we could imprison a Russian desire beneath a fortress, that fortress would explode. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice. ---->>>

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance. ---->>>

We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good, whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil, since nothing is in its proper place. ---->>>

Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them. ---->>>

A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none. ---->>>

If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: April 1, 1753
Birthplace:
Die: February 26, 1821
Occupation: Diplomat
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Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre (French: [də mɛstʁ]; 1 April 1753 – 26 February 1821) was a French-speaking Savoyard philosopher, writer, lawyer, and diplomat, who advocated social hierarchy and monarchy in the period immediately following the French Revolution. Despite his close personal and intellectual ties with France, Maistre was throughout his life a subject of the King of Piedmont-Sardinia, whom he served as member of the Savoy Senate (1787–1792), ambassador to Russia (1803–1817), and minister of state to the court in Turin (1817–1821) (wikipedia)