The French Revolution

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H. Holt, 1911 - France - 244 pages
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Page 21 - We may attempt to rationalize it by saying that what is common to all men is not more important but infinitely more important than the accidents by which men differ.
Page 223 - A man who knows both the Faith and the Republic will tell you that there is not and cannot be any necessary or fundamental reason why conflict should have arisen between a European Democracy and the Catholic Church.6...
Page 49 - ... meeting of the first revolutionary Parliament; it was she who presided over (and helped to warp) the plans for the flight of the royal family; it was she who, after this flight had failed, framed a definite scheme for the coercion of the French people by the Governments of Europe; it was she who betrayed to foreign chanceries the French plan of campaign when war had become inevitable; finally, it was she who inspired the declaration of Brunswick which accompanied the invasion of French territory,...
Page 230 - It did not shock the. hierarchy that one of its Apostolic members should be a witty atheist; that another should go hunting upon Corpus Christi, nearly upset the Blessed Sacrament in his gallop, and forget what day it was when the accident occurred. The bishops found nothing remarkable in seeing a large proportion of their body to be loose livers...
Page 17 - ... community, however much the control required in industry may appear to differ from the control required in the State, the obligation rests upon industry to mould its form of governance nearer to the expressed and fundamental belief of the community. " Reasoning men have protested, and justly, against that conception that what a majority in numbers, or even (what is more compelling still) a unanimity of decision in a community may order, may not only be wrong, but may be something which that community...
Page 222 - ... itself, the history of liberty, stretched to the world's end. In addition in a Protestant country, liberty and Catholicism will always be thought of, however rightly or wrongly, as antithetic. Catholic though he was, Acton felt the antithesis — perhaps most acutely because he believed so well in both. "Historically and logically, theologically also, those who affirm a necessary antagonism between the Republic and the Church are," Belloc has told us, "in error.
Page 13 - It may be briefly stated thus: that a political community pretending to sovereignty, that is, pretending to a moral right of defending its existence against all other communities, derives the civil and temporal authority of its laws not from its actual rulers, nor even from its magistracy, but from itself.
Page 49 - She knew her own mind, and she attempted, often with a partial success, to realize her convictions. There was no character in touch with the Executive during the first years of the Revolution comparable to hers for fixity of purpose and definition of view. It was due to this energy and singleness of aim that her misunderstanding of the material with which she had to deal was of such fatal importance. It was she who chose, before the outbreak of the Revolution, the succession of those ministers both...
Page 85 - ... the history of the French people; and even Robespierre comes in for praise. Danton, it is true, is his particular hero and is commended for his intelligence, courage, patriotism, eloquence and powers of leadership; yet Belloc is anxious to dispel the "legend...
Page 231 - France, in the generation before the Revolution, was passing through a phase in which the Catholic Faith was at a lower ebb than it had ever been since the preaching and establishment of it in Gaul.

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