Voltaire, Rousseau, Condorcet, Mirabeau, Madame Roland, Madame De Stael

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Lea and Blanchard, 1840 - Authors, French
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Page 72 - I have not lost merely a mistress, I have lost the half of myself — a soul for which mine was made, a friend of twenty years' standing whom I saw born. The most tender father does not love his only daughter more truly." The few days he spent at Cirey were little less than torture. M. du Chatelet found him clearing out his furniture. Then a move was made to Paris, and he took up his abode in the h6tel, Rue de Traversi£re...
Page 72 - I am not afraid of my sorrow ; I do not shrink from what speaks to me of her. I love Cirey ; I could not support Luneville when I lost her ; but the places she adorned are dear to me. I have not lost a mistress, I have lost half of myself — a soul which mine had made; a friend of twenty years. A tender father could not love his daughter more dearly than I did her.
Page 246 - Admitted at length to assist in popular assemblies, addressed as the arbiters of the country's fate, called to perform their part by debating and hearing debates, it was by Mirabeau that the people were first made to feel the force of the orator, first taught what it was to hear spoken reason and spoken passion ; and the silence of ages in those halls was first broken by the thunder of his voice echoing through the lofty vaults now covering multitudes of excited men.
Page 183 - ... alone ... He often dilates on simple pleasures — the charms of unsophisticated affections, and the ecstasy to be derived from virtuous sympathy — he, who never felt the noblest and most devoted passion of the human soul — the love of a parent for his child!
Page 308 - Sweden, except with her own consent, accepted his proposals of marriage. We have a portrait of her as she appeared at this period, written in a style then much in fashion: " Zalma advances ; her large dark eyes sparkle with genius ; her hair, black as ebony, falls on her shoulders in waving ringlets ; her features are more marked than delicate, yet they express something superior to her sex. ' There she is ! ' every one cried, when she appeared, and all became breathless.
Page 285 - Danton leads all ; Robespierre is his puppet; Marat holds his torch and dagger ; this ferocious tribune reigns, and we are his slaves until the moment when we shall become his victims. You are aware of my enthusiasm for the revolution ; well, I am ashamed of it ; it is deformed by monsters, and become hideous.
Page 275 - I considered, on the other hand, that this deliberation was an assurance that I was appreciated ; and that, if he had overcome his pride, which shrunk from the disagreeable circumstances that accompanied his marrying me, I was the more secure of an esteem I could not fail to preserve. In short, if marriage was, as I thought, an austere union, an association in which the woman usually burdens herself with the happiness of two individuals, it were better that I should exert my abilities and my courage...
Page 295 - Though past the bloom of life, she was yet full of attractions : tall, and of an elegant figure, her physiognomy was animated ; but sorrow and long imprisonment had left traces of melancholy in her face that tempered her natural vivacity. Something more than is usually found in the eyes of woman beamed in her large, dark eyes, full of sweetness and expression. She often spoke to me at the grate with the freedom and courage of a great man. This republican language, falling from the lips of a pretty...
Page 127 - Unceasingly occupied with thoughts of Rome and Athens, living as it were amongst their great men, myself by birth the citizen of a republic and the son of a father whose patriotism was his strongest passion, I was fired by his example ; I believed myself a Greek or a Roman ; I lost my identity in that of the individual whose life I was reading...
Page 243 - Go, say to those who sent you that we are here by the power of the people, and that we will not be driven hence, save by the power of the bayonet.

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