Joseph De Maistre

(1753_1821 / Chambéry)

Joseph De Maistre Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. the Count, in Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg, "First Dialogue," (1821), repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965).
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  • ''Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The count, in "Second Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).
  • ''All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The Senator, in "Fifth Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The senator, in "First Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).

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