History of the French Revolution

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A. Isaak, Jr., 1902 - France - 343 pages
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Page 283 - As soon as he ceases to write trifles, he begins to write lies ; and such lies ! A man "who has never been within the tropics does not know what a thunderstorm means ; a man who has never looked on Niagara has but a faint idea of a cataract ; and he who has not read Barere's Memoirs may be said not to know what it is to lie.
Page 235 - ... All down the Loire, from Saumur to the sea, great flocks of crows and kites feasted on naked corpses, twined together in hideous embraces. No mercy was shown to sex or age. The number of young lads and of girls of seventeen who were murdered by that execrable government is to be reckoned by hundreds. Babies torn from the breast were tossed from pike to pike along the Jacobin ranks. One champion of liberty had his pockets well stuffed with ears. Another swaggered about with the finger of a little...
Page 238 - I honor the man who is willing to sink Half his present repute for the freedom to think, And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak, Will risk t'other half for the freedom to speak, Caring naught for what vengeance the mob has in store, Let that mob be the upper ten thousand or lower.
Page 161 - Well is it that no child is born of thee. The children born of thee are sword and fire, Red ruin, and the breaking up of laws...
Page 56 - Go tell your colleagues that we are waiting for them here, to aid us in assuaging the sorrows of the people ; tell them no longer to retard our work ; tell them that our resolution is not to be shaken by such a stratagem as this. If they have sympathy for the poor, let them, as imitators of their master, renounce that luxury which consumes the funds of indigence, dismiss those insolent lackeys who attend them, sell their gorgeous equipages, and with these superfluities relieve the perishing. We wait...
Page 156 - Prussian army, were not to communicate any information on the subject to the National Assembly ; if a camp of reserve, necessary for stopping the progress of the enemy into the interior, were proposed, and the King were to substitute in its stead an uncertain plan which it would take a long time to execute ; if the King were to leave the command of an army to an intriguing general, of whom the nation was suspicious ; if another general, bred afar from the corruption of courts and familiar with victory,...
Page 160 - Par la voix du canon d'alarme La France appelle ses enfants : Allons, dit le soldat : Aux armes ! C'est ma mère, je la défends.
Page 286 - Je vois l'e'pine avec la rose Dans les bouquets que vous m'offrez. Et lorsque vous me ce'lebrez, Vos vers decouragent ma prose. Tout ce qu'on m'a dit de charmant, Messieurs, a droit de me confondre, La rose est votre compliment, L'e'pine est la loi d'y re'pondre.
Page 157 - exceeds all that past ages have witnessed. The country is in danger, not because we are in want of troops, not because those troops want courage, or that our frontiers are badly fortified, and our resources scanty. No; it is in danger because its force is paralyzed. And who has paralyzed it?
Page 157 - And who has paralyzed it? A man— one man, the man whom the constitution has made its chief, and whom perfidious advisers have made its foe. You are told to fear the kings of Hungary and Prussia ; I say the chief force of these kings is at the court, and it is there that we must first conquer them. They tell you to strike the dissentient priests throughout the kingdom. I tell you to strike at the Tuileries, that is, to fell all the priests with a single blow; you are told to prosecute all factious...

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