Joseph De Maistre

(1753_1821 / Chambéry)

Joseph De Maistre Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 1 (1796).
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  • ''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.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 3 (1796).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 1 (1796).
  • ''A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 6 (1796).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. Four Chapters on Russia, ch. 1, quoted in Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity (1990).
  • ''Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. Quoted in Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity (1990). Four Chapters on Russia, ch. 1 (1859).
  • ''Every country has the government it deserves.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. letter, Aug. 15, 1811. Lettres et Opuscules Inedits, vol. 1, no. 53 (1851). Thomas Carlyle, in Past and Present, bk. 4, ch. 4 (1843), wrote: "In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government."
  • ''It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Study on Sovereignty, bk. 1, ch. 2 (1884).
  • ''There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The Count, in "Fifth Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).
  • ''If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The Count, in "First Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).

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