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Quotations by author » Joseph Marie de Maistre
French Diplomat, Writer, Philosopher and Politician, 1753-1821
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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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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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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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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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The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance.
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There is no easy method of learning difficult things. The method is to close the door, give out that you are not at home, and work.
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There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections.
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To know how to wait. It is the great secret of success.
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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.
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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.
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Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.
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Without doubt God is the universal moving force, but each being is moved according to the nature that God has given it. He directs angels, man, animals, brute matter, in sum all created things, but each according to its nature, and man having been created free, he is freely led. This rule is truly the eternal law and in it we must believe.
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