Mirabeau: Triumph

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Smith, Elder and co., 1848 - France
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Page 38 - Monsieur, tell those who sent you that we are here by the will of the People, and that nothing but the force of bayonets shall send us hence...
Page 160 - The sage whom two worlds claim as their own, the man for whom the history of science and the history of empires contend with each other, held, without doubt, a high rank in the human race.
Page 136 - ... that he is still able to serve her ; who disdains a vain celebrity, and prizes veritable glory above the successes of the day ; who would speak the truth, and labor for the public weal, independently of the fluctuations of popular opinion, — such a man carries in his own breast the recompense of his services, the solace of his pains, the reward of his dangers. The harvest he looks for — the destiny, the only destiny, to which he aspires — is that of his good name ; and for that he is content...
Page 275 - All that this world is proud of. From their spheres The stars of human glory are cast down; Perish the roses and the flowers of kings, Princes, and emperors, and the crowns and palms Of all the mighty, withered and consumed!
Page 37 - Mirabeau suddenly breaking silence, said: " Gentlemen, I admit, that what you have just heard might be for the welfare of the country, were it not that the presents of despotism are always dangerous. What is this insulting dictatorship? The pomp of arms, the violation of the national temple, are resorted to — to command you to be happy! Who gives this command? Your mandatary. Who makes these imperious laws for you? Your mandatary; he who should rather receive them from you, gentlemen — from...
Page 259 - This is the origin of the evil. Since they have carried that point, they have not ceased to show that they are unworthy of confidence. They wanted to govern the King, instead of being governed by him ; but soon neither they nor he will govern ; a vile faction will rule the country, and debase it by the most atrocious crimes.
Page 161 - ... other than the heroes of humanity to their homage. " The Congress hath ordered a general mourning for one month throughout the fourteen confederated States on account of the death of Franklin ; and America hath thus acquitted her tribute of admiration in behalf of one of the fathers of her constitution. " Would it not be worthy of you...
Page 263 - After inconceivable efforts," says Cabanis, "he arrived at his home, in a most frightful state. I found him nearly suffocating, breathing with great difficulty ; the face swollen from the stoppage of blood in the lungs, the pulse intermittent and convulsive, the extremities cold, and himself making vain efforts to repress the cries his agony drew from him. Never, at the first sight, had any invalid appeared to me so decidedly death-stricken. My emotion made him perceive too well what I thought of...
Page 38 - Yes, sir," he exclaimed, " we have heard the intentions that have been suggested to the King ; but you have neither voice, nor place, nor right to speak, here. However, to avoid all delay, go and tell your master that we are here by the power of the people, and that nothing but the power of bayonets shall drive us away.
Page 272 - I shall die to-day. When one is in that situation, there remains but one thing more to do ; and that is to perfume me, to crown me with flowers, to environ me with music, so that I may enter sweetly into that slumber from which there is no awaking...

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