Joseph de Maistre
Quotations


All grandeur, all power, all subordination to authority rests on the executioner: he is the horror and the bond of human association. Remove this incomprehensible agent from the world and at that very moment order gives way to chaos, thrones topple and society disappears.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Every country has the government it deserves.

Nothing is necessary except God, and nothing is less necessary than pain.

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.

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

There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections.

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

Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.



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