History of the French Revolution of 1789, Volume 1

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Lea & Blanchard, 1848 - France - 582 pages

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Page 202 - THE first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
Page 544 - I present to your majesty the keys of your good city of Paris. They are the same which were presented to Henri IV. He had conquered his people: to-day the people have conquered their king.
Page 95 - When we arrive at the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the fourteenth century...
Page 23 - Mountain," disappeared then in a tempest ; and at present appears to us but in the far-off land of the ideal ; but all grand hearts call for it, and it already occupies and illumines the highest spheres of intelligence. Of these three principles, the first engenders oppression, by the suppression of personality ; the second causes oppression by anarchy ; and the third alone by harmony gives birth to liberty.
Page 560 - Roi et la France (He robbed the King and France)." "He devoured the substance of the People." " He was the slave of the rich, and the tyrant of the poor.
Page 15 - He had been previously known in the literary world by his ' France under Louis Philippe,' which had procured for him the reputation of an able and brilliant writer, an original thinker, and a powerful delineator. These traits will be found conspicuous in the present volume, which contains the causes that, in his opinion, led from at'nr to the great French Revolution of 17l-'9, and the opening scenes uf that mighty drama.
Page 538 - France, and invoking with their brutal vows the destruction of the National Assembly! Say to him, that in his very palace the courtiers have led their dances to the sound of this barbarous music, and that such was the prelude...
Page 314 - ... shelters in the woods against the wild beasts. What concern of ours are your laws of property? the most numerous class of citizens might say : we possess nothing. Your laws of right and wrong? We have nothing to defend. Your laws of liberty? If we do not work to-morrow, we shall die.
Page 56 - Sire, it is true that it is the lot of the Church of God, in the name of which I speak, to endure blows, and not to give them ; but also may it please you to remember that it is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.
Page 528 - ... edge of the ditch, cried out to the besieged to surrender, promising that not a man should be hurt. He then perceived a hand extended through an opening in a part of the drawbridge and presenting to him a note. This note was received by means of a plank that was held over the ditch; it was written in these words: " We have twenty thousand pounds of powder. We will blow up the castle if you do not accept our capitulation.

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