The French Revolution: A Sketch

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1900 - France - 297 pages
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Page 40 - To this circumstance also it is owing, that all persons of small or moderate fortune, are forced to dress in black, with black stockings ; the dusky hue of this in company is not so disagreeable a circumstance as being too great a distinction ; too clear a line drawn in company between a man that has a good fortune, and another that has not.
Page 69 - ... to the nature of the body politic for the sovereign to impose on itself a law which it cannot transgress.
Page 123 - Monsieur, tell those who sent you that we are here by the will of the People, and that nothing but the force of bayonets...
Page 100 - I can only, therefore, testify in general, that there appeared to me more respect and veneration attached to the character of Dr. Franklin in France, than to that of any other person in the same country, foreign or native.
Page 259 - In the eyes of the legislator, all that is beneficial to the world and good in practice is truth. The idea of the Supreme Being and of the immortality of the soul is a continual recall to justice; it is therefore social and republican.
Page 126 - Paris is perhaps as wicked a spot as exists. Incest, murder, bestiality, fraud, rapine, oppression, baseness, cruelty, are common." Yet there was no place in all France where the new philosophy had struck so deep or had grown so radical; and the priests of the new cult, the apostles of the newly discovered rights, were the journalists.
Page 54 - Law in general is human reason, inasmuch as it governs all the inhabitants of the earth; the political and civil laws of each nation ought to be only the particular cases in which human reason is applied. They should be adapted in such a manner to the people for whom they are framed, that it is a great chance if those of one nation suit another.
Page 148 - We have got the baker, and the baker's wife, and the baker's little boy. Now we shall have bread." And so they came to Paris and the shabby palace of the Tuileries. The Assembly at Versailles, instead of acting like men, and punishing the authors of this shameful affair, yielded to mob law, voted that the king and the Assembly were inseparable, and in its turn went to Paris. Quarters were prepared for it in one of the great riding-schools of the town, close by the royal palace of the Tuileries, and...
Page 48 - ... residing in Paris. The great Scotchman, who was no doubt aware of the prevailing opinion, took occasion to raise an argument as to the existence of an atheist, properly so called ; for his own part, he said, he had never chanced to meet with one. " You have been somewhat unfortunate," replied Holbach ; " but at the present moment you are sitting at table with seventeen of them.
Page 259 - God and immortality, and then closed his speech by offering for adoption this decree : "(1) The French people recognize the existence of the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul ; (2) they recognize that the worship most worthy of the Supreme Being is the practice of the duties of man...

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