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Joseph De Maistre

Datum narození: 1. duben 1753
Datum úmrtí: 26. únor 1821
Další jména: Joseph Marie de Maistre

Hrabě Joseph de Maistre byl francouzský filosof a konzervativní myslitel, jeden z odpůrců Francouzské revoluce.


„Přehánění je lež počestných lidí.“

„Pius VII. se ponížil tak, že už je pouhým bezvýznamným šaškem.“ k Napoleonově korunovaci


„Every country has the government it deserves.“

„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. You feel it already in the vegetable kingdom: from the great catalpa to the humblest herb, how many plants die and how many are killed; but, from the moment you enter the animal kingdom, this law is suddenly in the most dreadful evidence. A Power, a violence, at once hidden and palpable... has in each species appointed a certain number of animals to devour the others... And who [in this general carnage] exterminates him who will exterminate all others? Himself. It is man who is charged with the slaughter of man... The whole earth, perpetually steeped in blood, is nothing but a vast altar upon which all that is living must be sacrificed without end, without measure, without pause, until the consummation of things, until evil is extinct, until the death of death.“

„Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.“

„A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.“

„Nothing great has great beginnings.“

„Reason speaks in words alone, but love has a song.“


„To know how to wait is the great secret of success.“

„[M]an cannot be wicked without being evil, nor evil without being degraded, nor degraded without being punished, nor punished without being guilty. In short … there is nothing so intrinsically plausible as the theory of original sin.“ The Executioner

„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.“

„Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.“


„War is thus divine in itself, since it is a law of the world. War is divine through its consequences of a supernatural nature which are as much general as particular. War is divine in the mysterious glory that surrounds it and in the no less inexplicable attraction that draws us to it. War is divine by the manner in which it breaks out.“

„To hear these defenders of democracy talk, one would think that the people deliberate like a committee of wise men, whereas in truth judicial murders, foolhardy undertakings, wild choices, and above all foolish and disastrous wars are eminently the prerogatives of this form of government."

Study on Sovereignty.“

„It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.“ The Works of Joseph de Maistre

„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. We are all born despots, from the most absolute monarch in Asia to the infant who smothers a bird with its hand for the pleasure of seeing that there exists in the world a being weaker than itself.“

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