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It's all right for you, you and Danton. I have to go and stutter for two hours at the Jacobins and probably be knocked down again by maddened violin makers and trampled by all sorts of tradesmen.
Whilst Danton spends his evenings feeling up his new girlfriend and you lie around here in a nice fever, not too high. If you're an instrument of destiny, and anyone would do instead, why don't you take a holiday?
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: It's all right for you, you and Danton. I have to go and stutter for
Iris Johansen's lovers weathered the sack of city states and the vagaries of the French Revolution; Judith McNaught's heroines endured amnesia, social ostracism and misunderstandings so big they deserved their own ZIP code.Lauren Willig French Revolution Sayings By Lauren Willig: Iris Johansen's lovers weathered the sack of city states and the vagaries of the French
In France you cannot not have lunch. If you stopped the French from having lunch, you will have a second revolution, I can tell you this. Not going to work - it is part of the French privilege.Christian Louboutin French Revolution Sayings By Christian Louboutin: In France you cannot not have lunch. If you stopped the French from having lunch,
After the French Revolution, the world money power shifted from Paris to London. For three generations, the British maintained an old-fashioned colonial empire, as well as a modern empire based on London's primacy in the money markets.Gore Vidal French Revolution Sayings By Gore Vidal: After the French Revolution, the world money power shifted from Paris to London. For three
Christianity - and that is its greatest merit - has somewhat mitigated that brutal German love of war, but it could not destroy it. Should that subduing talisman, the Cross, be shattered, the frenzied madness of the ancient warriors, that insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have spoken and sung so often, will once more burst into flame. This talisman [the cross] is fragile, and the day will come when it will collapse miserably. Then ... a play will be performed in Germany which will make the French Revolution look like an innocent idyll.Heinrich Heine French Revolution Sayings By Heinrich Heine: Christianity - and that is its greatest merit - has somewhat mitigated that brutal German
History is a Rorschach test, people. What you see when you look at it tells you as much about yourself as it does about the past.Jennifer Donnelly French Revolution Sayings By Jennifer Donnelly: History is a Rorschach test, people. What you see when you look at it tells
It is true that from time to time Jews suffered from the fury of an exploited peasantry or their competitors. But from time to time the aristocracy suffered the same fate. Thousands of French aristocrats were slaughtered during peasant uprisings or at the Great Terror of 1793. Many Russian aristocrats were killed or expelled during the October Revolution of 1917. Many of them were innocent, for class warfare can be as cruel as any war.Israel Shamir French Revolution Sayings By Israel Shamir: It is true that from time to time Jews suffered from the fury of an
The theories of the French revolutionaries, as summarized by historian Roger Hancock, were founded on respect for no humanity except that which they proposed to create.
In order to liberate mankind from tradition, the revolutionaries were ready to make him altogether the creature of a new society, to reconstruct his very humanity to meet the demands of the general will.
Ann Coulter French Revolution Sayings By Ann Coulter: The theories of the French revolutionaries, as summarized by historian Roger Hancock, were founded on
To the Jacobins of this epoch [the French Revolution], as well as to those of our times, this popular entity constitutes a superior personality possessing attributes peculiar to the gods of never having to answer for their actions and never making a mistake. Their wishes must be humbly acceded to. The people may kill, burn, ravage, commit the most frightening cruelties, glorify their hero today and throw him into the gutter tomorrow, it is all the same; the politicians will not cease to vaunt the people's virtues and to bow to their every decision.Gustave Le Bon French Revolution Sayings By Gustave Le Bon: To the Jacobins of this epoch [the French Revolution], as well as to those of
When one meddles with the direction of a revolution, the problem is not how to make it go but how to keep it under control.Honore Gabriel Riqueti, Comte De Mirabeau French Revolution Sayings By Honore Gabriel Riqueti, Comte De Mirabeau: When one meddles with the direction of a revolution, the problem is not how to
Among the lessons taught by the French revolution, there is none sadder or more striking than this
that you may make everything else out of the passions of men except a political system that will work, and that there is nothing so pitilessly and unconsciously cruel as sincerity formulated into dogma.
James Russell Lowell French Revolution Sayings By James Russell Lowell: Among the lessons taught by the French revolution, there is none sadder or more striking
Faced by the actual practice of freedom, the French and American revolutions would be forced to stand by their words.William S. Burroughs French Revolution Sayings By William S. Burroughs: Faced by the actual practice of freedom, the French and American revolutions would be forced
May 29, the Central Committee of the Sections goes into "permanent session" - what a fine, crisis-ridden sound it has, that term!Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: May 29, the Central Committee of the Sections goes into "permanent session" - what a
Had you but seen it, I promise you, your high-minded principles would have melted like candle wax. Never would you have wished such beauty away.Jennifer Donnelly French Revolution Sayings By Jennifer Donnelly: Had you but seen it, I promise you, your high-minded principles would have melted like
Three of the revolutions," Bermuda said, "the French, the Russian, and the American, were true only in the beginning. Just true in the beginning, man."

"True?"

"True to the people, you know...Afterwards, they forgot their roots, man, and the revolutions went off the track. They turned into huge bureaucracies and administrations.
Allan Dare Pearce French Revolution Sayings By Allan Dare Pearce: Three of the revolutions," Bermuda said, "the French, the Russian, and the American, were true
And I sometimes think that the fading out of the individual personality is what one should desire, not the status of a hero - a sort of effacement of oneself from history. The entire record of the human race has been falsified, it has been made up by bad governments to suit themselves, by kings and tyrants to make them look good. This idea of history as made by great men is quite nonsensical, when you look at it from the point of view of the people. The real heroes are those who have resisted tyrants, and it is in the nature of tyranny not only to kill those who oppose it but to wipe their names out of the record, to obliterate them, so that resistance seems impossible.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: And I sometimes think that the fading out of the individual personality is what one
A collective insanity seemed to have seized the nation and turned them into something worse than beasts. The princess de Lamballe, Marie Antoinette's intimate friend, was literally torn to pieces; her head, breasts, and pudenda were paraded on pikes before the windows of the Temple, where the royal family was imprisoned, while a man boasted drunkenly at a cafe that he had eaten the princess' heart, which he probably had.J. Christopher Herold French Revolution Sayings By J. Christopher Herold: A collective insanity seemed to have seized the nation and turned them into something worse
What do you think has been the effect of the French revolution? It is too early to tell.Mao Zedong French Revolution Sayings By Mao Zedong: What do you think has been the effect of the French revolution? It is too
Kill the king but spare the man.Thomas Paine French Revolution Sayings By Thomas Paine: Kill the king but spare the man.
We got our revolution out of the way long before the French and the Americans. The monarchy was restored, but the sovereignty of our parliament, made up of and elected by a slowly widening constituency of the people, has never been seriously challenged since then.Robert Webb French Revolution Sayings By Robert Webb: We got our revolution out of the way long before the French and the Americans.
God knows," Charpentier said, "I like the present scheme of things very little, but I dread to think what will happen if the conduct of reform falls into hands like yours."
"Reform?" Camille said. "I'm not talking about reform. The city will explode this summer.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: God knows," Charpentier said, "I like the present scheme of things very little, but I
[French Revolution rejected] the sacred foundation both of history and of the state. History was no longer measured on the basis of an idea of God that had preceded it and given it shape. The state came to be understood in purely secular terms, based on rationalism and the will of citizens.
The secular state arose for the first time, abandoning and excluding any divine guarantee or legitimation of the political element as a mythological vision of the world and declaring that God is a private question that does not belong to the public sphere or to the democratic formation of the public will. Public life was now considered the realm of reason alone, which had no place for a seemingly unknowable God. From this perspective, religion and faith in God belonged to the realm of sentiment, not of reason. God and His will therefore ceased to be relevant to public life.
Pope Benedict XVI French Revolution Sayings By Pope Benedict XVI: [French Revolution rejected] the sacred foundation both of history and of the state. History was
There were two, three or four French Revolutions. Like a multi-stage rocket today, the Revolution involved several successive explosions and propellant thrusts.Fernand Braudel French Revolution Sayings By Fernand Braudel: There were two, three or four French Revolutions. Like a multi-stage rocket today, the Revolution
The French Revolution, which is nothing more nor less than the ideal armed with the sword, rose abruptly, and by that very movement, closed the door of evil and opened the door of good.
It released the question, promulgated truth, drove away miasma, purified the century, crowned the people.
We can say it created man a second time, in giving him a second soul, his rights. Page 997 Saint-Denis chapter 7 Argot part III
Victor Hugo French Revolution Sayings By Victor Hugo: The French Revolution, which is nothing more nor less than the ideal armed with the
What are the present governments of Europe, but a scene of iniquity and oppression? What is that of England? Do not its own inhabitants say, It is a market where every man has his price, and where corruption is common traffic, at the expense of a deluded people? No wonder, then, that the French Revolution is traduced.Thomas Paine French Revolution Sayings By Thomas Paine: What are the present governments of Europe, but a scene of iniquity and oppression? What
Dariya and I used to play French Revolution when we were little. We'd take turns being Marie Antoinette. Our grandmamma caught us once and had us whipped for revolutionary sentiments. We were six years old at the time and had no idea even what revolutionary sentiments were.Robin Bridges French Revolution Sayings By Robin Bridges: Dariya and I used to play French Revolution when we were little. We'd take turns
I do no damage. This is damage, this."
He picked up a paper from Camille's desk. "I can't read your writing, but I take it the general tenor is that Brissot should go and hang himself.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: I do no damage. This is damage, this."He picked up a paper from Camille's desk.
America posed a deeply interesting question to any Frenchmen with a political curiosity to ask it. How had Americans launched a revolution that aimed at establishing a free, stable, and constitutional government and made a success of it, while the French had in forty-one years lurched from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy, to the declaration of the republic, to mob rule, the Terror, the mass murder, and thence to a conservative republic, Napoleonic autocracy, the Bourbon restoration, further revolution, and the installation of an Orleanist constitutional monarchy?Alan Ryan French Revolution Sayings By Alan Ryan: America posed a deeply interesting question to any Frenchmen with a political curiosity to ask
I falter in the doorway, swept with memories of my reckless behavior last time I saw him. I sipped wine from a bottle. I kissed him. And as my pulse flutters with excitement, I know I would do it again, given the chance.Meghan Masterson French Revolution Sayings By Meghan Masterson: I falter in the doorway, swept with memories of my reckless behavior last time I
What is fatah? We can easily see and resist the effects of jihad in militant terrorism, but we have trouble seeing and resisting the more subtle strategy that the Muslims call fatah. Fatah is infiltration, moving into a country in numbers large enough to affect the culture. It means taking advantage of tolerant laws and accommodative policies to insert the influence of Islam. In places where a military invasion will not succeed, the slow, systematic, and unrelenting methods of fatah are conquering whole nations. An illustration is: A demographic revolution is taking place today in France. Some experts are projecting that by the year 2040, 80 percent of the population of France will be Muslim. At that point the Muslim majority will control commerce, industry, education, and religion. They will also control the government, as well, and occupy all the key positions in the French Parliament. And a Muslim will be president.19David Jeremiah French Revolution Sayings By David Jeremiah: What is fatah? We can easily see and resist the effects of jihad in militant
A pottery outside Paris was turning out his picture on thick glazed crockery in a strident yellow and blue. This is what happens when you become a public figure; people eat their dinners off you.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: A pottery outside Paris was turning out his picture on thick glazed crockery in a
We need the real, nation-wide terror which reinvigorates the country and through which the Great French Revolution achieved glory.Vladimir Lenin French Revolution Sayings By Vladimir Lenin: We need the real, nation-wide terror which reinvigorates the country and through which the Great
In the Convention tomorrow I shall put him up to confront Saint-Just. Imagine it. Our man the picture of starched rectitude, and looking as if he has just devoured a beefsteak; and Camille making a joke or two at our man's expense and then talking about '89. A cheap trick, but the galleries will cheer. This will make Saint-Just lose his temper-not easy, since he cultivates this Greek statue manner of his - but I guarantee that Camille can do it. As soon as our man begins to bawl and roar, Camille will fold up and look helpless. That will get Robespierre on his feet, and we will all generate one of these huge emotional scenes. I always win those.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: In the Convention tomorrow I shall put him up to confront Saint-Just. Imagine it. Our
The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals, a prejudice closely bound up with their dislike of foreigners. Indeed, one important source of this Anglo-Saxon distaste for highbrows and eggheads was the French revolution, which was seen as an attempt to reconstruct society on the basis of abstract rational principles.Terry Eagleton French Revolution Sayings By Terry Eagleton: The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals, a prejudice closely bound up
We have been expropriated from our own language by television, from our songs by reality TV contests, from our flesh by mass pornography, from our city by the police and from our friends by wage-labor.The Invisible Committee French Revolution Sayings By The Invisible Committee: We have been expropriated from our own language by television, from our songs by reality
Anything that keeps old words in circulation is to be treasured, the French revolution be damned.Joseph Bottum French Revolution Sayings By Joseph Bottum: Anything that keeps old words in circulation is to be treasured, the French revolution be
Abroad? Oh no. I went to England in '91, and you stood in the garden at Fontenay and berated me." He shook his head. "This is my nation. Here I stay. A man can't carry his country on the soles of his shoes.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Abroad? Oh no. I went to England in '91, and you stood in the garden
Do you know Camille Desmoulins?" he asked. "Have you seen him? He's one of these law-school boys. Never used anything more dangerous than a paper knife." He shook his head wonderingly.
"Where do they come from, these people? They're virgins. They've never been to war. They've never been on the hunting
field. They've never killed an animal, let alone a man. But they're such enthusiasts for murder.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Do you know Camille Desmoulins?" he asked. "Have you seen him? He's one of these
A revolution in itself is not a blessing. The revolution accomplished by the French people is, indeed, a wonderful event - the most striking, in my opinion, in history; but it may lead to events which will make it a mighty evil.John C. Calhoun French Revolution Sayings By John C. Calhoun: A revolution in itself is not a blessing. The revolution accomplished by the French people
When the French Revolution broke out, it certainly afforded to Mr. Burke an opportunity of doing some good, had he been disposed to it; instead of which, no sooner did he see the old prejudices wearing away, than he immediately began sowing the seeds of a new inveteracy, as if he were afraid that England and France would cease to be enemies. That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord and cultivate prejudices between Nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.Thomas Paine French Revolution Sayings By Thomas Paine: When the French Revolution broke out, it certainly afforded to Mr. Burke an opportunity of
The nation-state became powerful in the wake of the French Revolution, whereas the nation-state has become powerless in light of globalization.Grace Lee Boggs French Revolution Sayings By Grace Lee Boggs: The nation-state became powerful in the wake of the French Revolution, whereas the nation-state has
It took us a long time to get rid of the effects of the French Revolution 200 years ago. We don't want another one.Margaret Thatcher French Revolution Sayings By Margaret Thatcher: It took us a long time to get rid of the effects of the French
Darks drifts covered the horizon. A strange shadow approaching nearer and nearer, was spreading little by little over men, over things, over ideas; a shadow which came from indignations and from systems. All that had been hurriedly stifled was stirring and fermenting. Sometimes the conscious of the honest man caught its breath, there was so much confusion in that air in which sophisms were mingled with truths. Minds trembled in the social anxiety like leaves at the approach of the storm. The electric tension was so great that at certain moments any chance-comer, thought unknown, flashed out. Then the twilight darkness fell again. At intervals, deep and sullen mutterings enabled men to judge of the amount of lightning in the cloud.Victor Hugo French Revolution Sayings By Victor Hugo: Darks drifts covered the horizon. A strange shadow approaching nearer and nearer, was spreading little
Anyone who studies the state of things which preceded the French Revolution will see that the tremendous catastrophe came about from so excessive a regulation of men's actions in all their details, and such an enormous drafting away of the products of their actions to maintain the regulating organization, that life was fast becoming impracticable. And if we ask what then made, and now makes, this error possible, we find it to be the political superstition that governmental power is subject to no restraints.Herbert Spencer French Revolution Sayings By Herbert Spencer: Anyone who studies the state of things which preceded the French Revolution will see that
Because beautiful things never last. Not roses nor snow ... And not fireworks, eitherJennifer Donnelly French Revolution Sayings By Jennifer Donnelly: Because beautiful things never last. Not roses nor snow ... And not fireworks, either
Gradually, you see, our people are coming into the power they have always thought is their due.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Gradually, you see, our people are coming into the power they have always thought is
The whole world," he said, "is going Radical again. Fundamentally. In religion. In politics. In law. The Common Man has been trying to get his Radicalism said and done plainly and clearly for a hundred and fifty years. Now we take it on. Our movement. The new wave of attack."

"And fill a ditch in our turn," said Irwell.

"Maybe we're over the last ditch," said Rud. "There must be a last ditch somewhere...

"All other revolutionary movements have been experiments so far, Christianity, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and more or less failures. They were experiments in liberation and they did not liberate. The old things wriggled back. But ours may be the experiment that succeeds. We may get to the Common-sense World State. Yes -- we -- in this room...Why not? It has to come somehow, somewhen... If it doesn't come pretty soon, there won't be much of humanity left to liberate.
H.G.Wells French Revolution Sayings By H.G.Wells: The whole world," he said, "is going Radical again. Fundamentally. In religion. In politics. In
In 1800, in the first interparty contest, the Federalists warned that presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson, because of his sympathy expressed at the outset of the French Revolution, was 'the son of a half-breed Indian squaw' who would put opponents under the guillotine.Robert Dallek French Revolution Sayings By Robert Dallek: In 1800, in the first interparty contest, the Federalists warned that presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson,
The revolutionary Terror, which is attacked for its revolutionary tribunal, its law of suspects and its guillotine, was a process welded to a regime of popular sovereignty in which the object was to conquer tyranny or die for liberty. This Terror was willed by those who, having won sovereign power by dint of insurrection, refused to let this be destroyed by counter-revolutionary enemiesSophie Wahnich French Revolution Sayings By Sophie Wahnich: The revolutionary Terror, which is attacked for its revolutionary tribunal, its law of suspects and
The men who rush into undertakings of vast change usually feel they are in possession of some irresistible power. The generation that made the French Revolution had an extravagant conception of the omnipotence of man's reason and the boundless range of his intelligence. Never, says de Tocqueville, had humanity been prouder of itself nor had it ever so much faith in its own omnipotence.Eric Hoffer French Revolution Sayings By Eric Hoffer: The men who rush into undertakings of vast change usually feel they are in possession
I am no one's agent. I am the agent of the law. All the conspiracies pass through my hands. The Committee, you know, draws its present unity from being conspired against. I do not know what would happen if the policy of believing in conspiracies were changed.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: I am no one's agent. I am the agent of the law. All the conspiracies
With dozens of course offerings, UCLA's history department doesn't have a single course on the French Revolution, or even a course that would seem to cover Western Europe during that period. There are courses on European history in the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as from 1450 to 1660. And there's a Western Civilization class covering the period up to 1715. But if you want to know what was happening outside of the United States circa 1750 to 1800,Ann Coulter French Revolution Sayings By Ann Coulter: With dozens of course offerings, UCLA's history department doesn't have a single course on the
Since the French Revolution Englishmen are all intermeasurable one by another, certainly a happy state of agreement to which I forone do not agree.William Blake French Revolution Sayings By William Blake: Since the French Revolution Englishmen are all intermeasurable one by another, certainly a happy state
Some people know they are condemned; some have time to pray, and others die struggling and screaming, fighting to their last breath. An irate killer stamps in to the tribunal - "Use your heads, give us a bloody chance, can't you? We can't keep up." So the prisoners are waved away airily by their judges - "Go, you're free." Outside the door a steady man waits to fell them. Freedom is the last thing they know.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Some people know they are condemned; some have time to pray, and others die struggling
Justice has its anger, Monsieur Bishop, and the wrath of justice is an element of progress. No matter what they say, the French Revolution is the greatest advance taken by mankind since the coming of Christ.Victor Hugo French Revolution Sayings By Victor Hugo: Justice has its anger, Monsieur Bishop, and the wrath of justice is an element of
Who are the Brissotins? A good question.
You see, if you accuse people of a crime (for example, and especially, conspiracy) and refuse to sever their trials, then it will at once be seen that they are a group, that they have cohesion. Then if we want to say, you're a Brissotin, you're a Girondist - prove that you're not. Prove that you have a right to be treated separately.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Who are the Brissotins? A good question.You see, if you accuse people of a crime
Since the French Revolution, ... the state denies that it has a religious foundation and affirms that it is based on reason and rational knowledge. Since reason is inherently fragile, however, these lay systems have proved to be weak, becoming easy prey for dictatorships. They survive only because elements of the old moral conscience have persevered, even without the earlier foundations, making it possible for a basic moral consensus to exist.Pope Benedict XVI French Revolution Sayings By Pope Benedict XVI: Since the French Revolution, ... the state denies that it has a religious foundation and
Again, take someone who's crippled or deformed; they can't be tied to the plank without a lot of sweat and heaving, and then the crowds (who can't see much anyway) get bored and start hissing and catcalling. Meanwhile a queue builds up, and the people at the end of the queue get awkward and start screaming or passing out. If all the clients were young, male, stoical and fit, he'd have fewer problems, but it's surprising how few of them fall into all those categories.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Again, take someone who's crippled or deformed; they can't be tied to the plank without
This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the civil wars following the French Revolution.Edvard Munch French Revolution Sayings By Edvard Munch: This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is
The danger was within itself: it was the crisis of confidence it was going through, the fear of being itself. When you considered them individually, French boys were as active and intelligent as ever. But they lacked the sort of shared hope and dreams which are the sign of health in a people. The fact that the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Revolution were only funeral commemorations revealed that weakness, that lifelessness. It was so clearJean Guehenno French Revolution Sayings By Jean Guehenno: The danger was within itself: it was the crisis of confidence it was going through,
And Louis is weak. Let him give an inch, and some Cromwell will appear.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: And Louis is weak. Let him give an inch, and some Cromwell will appear.
The envious are not satisfied with equality; they secretly yearn for superiority and revenge. In the French Revolution of 1848, a woman coal-heaver is said to have remarked to a richly dressed lady: 'Yes, madam, everything's going to be equal now; I shall go in silks and you'll carry coal.'Henry Hazlitt French Revolution Sayings By Henry Hazlitt: The envious are not satisfied with equality; they secretly yearn for superiority and revenge. In
The French revolution taught us the rights of man.Thomas Sankara French Revolution Sayings By Thomas Sankara: The French revolution taught us the rights of man.
The Republic is six months old, and it's flying apart. It has no cohesive force - only a monarchy has that. Surely you can see? We need the monarchy to pull the country together - then we can win the war."
Danton shook his head.
"Winners make money," Dumouriez said. "I thought you went where the pickings were richest?"
"I shall maintain the Republic," Danton said.
"Why?"
"Because it is the only honest thing there is."
"Honest? With your people in it?"
"It may be that all its parts are corrupted, vicious, but take it altogether, yes, the Republic is an honest endeavor. Yes, it has me, it has Fabre, it has Hebert - but it also has Camille. Camille would have died for it in '89."
"In '89, Camille had no stake in life. Ask him now - now he's got money and power, now he's famous. Ask him now if he's willing to die."
"It has Robespierre."
"Oh yes - Robespierre would die to get away from the carpenter's daughter, I don't doubt.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: The Republic is six months old, and it's flying apart. It has no cohesive force
On the heels of the Enlightenment came the French Revolution: a brief promise of democracy followed by a train of regicides, putsches, fanatics, mobs, terrors, and preemptive wars, culminating in a megalomaniacal emperor and an insane war of conquest. More than a quarter of a million people were killed in the Revolution and its aftermath, and another 2 to 4 million were killed in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In reflecting on this catastrophe, it was natural for people to reason, "After this, therefore because of this," and for intellectuals on the right and the left to blame the Enlightenment. This is what you get, they say, when you eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge,Steven Pinker French Revolution Sayings By Steven Pinker: On the heels of the Enlightenment came the French Revolution: a brief promise of democracy
It is Toussaint's supreme merit that while he saw European civilisation as a valuable and necessary thing, and strove to lay its foundations among his people, he never had the illusion that it conferred any moral superiority. He knew French, British, and Spanish imperialists for the insatiable gangsters that they were, that there is no oath too sacred for them to break, no crime, deception, treachery, cruelty, destruction of human life and property which they would not commit against those who could not defend themselves.C.L.R. James French Revolution Sayings By C.L.R. James: It is Toussaint's supreme merit that while he saw European civilisation as a valuable and
The French Revolution has been the highest wave of the Gnostic tide.Nicolas Gomez Davila French Revolution Sayings By Nicolas Gomez Davila: The French Revolution has been the highest wave of the Gnostic tide.
Edmund Burke in his critique of the French Revolution. Any society, he wrote in Reflections on the Revolution in France, which destroys the fabric of its state, must soon be "disconnected into the dust and powder of individuality".Tony Judt French Revolution Sayings By Tony Judt: Edmund Burke in his critique of the French Revolution. Any society, he wrote in Reflections
...As the evening wore on (the supper did not end until seven in the morning), the public were admitted to watch the festivities from the balustrade, and were offered biscuits and refreshments to keep them going through the night.
...One of the lawyers was so upset by the evening that he got up to leave, proclaiming: 'They will send you to the madhouse and strike you from the list of members of the Bar.' Grimod responded by locking the doors to the apartment and preventing any further guests from leaving. Coffee and liquers were taken in an adjoining room lit by 130 candles while the guests were entertained by a magic-lantern show and some experiments with electricity performed by the Italian physicist Castanio. M Rival tells us that many of the guests fell asleep.
Giles MacDonogh French Revolution Sayings By Giles MacDonogh: ...As the evening wore on (the supper did not end until seven in the morning),
The international proletariat first appeared on the scene in the early Thirties of the nineteenth century, and its first great action was the French Revolution of 1848.C.L.R. James French Revolution Sayings By C.L.R. James: The international proletariat first appeared on the scene in the early Thirties of the nineteenth
The two goals of liberation and social justice are not obviously compatible, any more than were the liberty and equality advocated at the French Revolution. If liberation involves the liberation of individual potential, how do we stop the ambitious, the energetic, the intelligent, the good-looking and the strong from getting ahead, and what should we allow ourselves by way of constraining them?Roger Scruton French Revolution Sayings By Roger Scruton: The two goals of liberation and social justice are not obviously compatible, any more than
It is the observer of the pun that makes it, my dear Brumm. Of course, when the word is distorted, as in Evilution, the most preoccupied notice it, but in this instance which you try to fasten upon me the crime is yours. There is nothing more contrary to the Evolutionary will than puns. Bloodshed and desolation follow in their wake. Their English heyday, which was in the reign of James I, caused the great civil war; in France they flourished most rankly under Louis XV, and produced the French Revolution. I have considered puns, and apart altogether from their hateful effect, as shown in history, it is certain that they are quite unevolutionary, because I, the fittest of men, am unable to make them. You will consult your own welfare, and that of the nation, Brougham, by refraining in future.John Davidson French Revolution Sayings By John Davidson: It is the observer of the pun that makes it, my dear Brumm. Of course,
Hauriou, became a crown witness for us when he confirmed this connection in 1916, in the midst of WWI: The revolution of 1789 had no other goal than absolute access to the writing of legal statutes and the systematic destruction of customary institutions. It resulted in a state of permanent revolution because the mobility of the writing of laws did not provide for the stability of certain customary institutions, because the forces of change were stronger than the forces of stability. Social and political life in France was completely emptied of institutions and was only able to provisionally maintain itself by sudden jolts spurred by the heightened morality.Carl Schmitt French Revolution Sayings By Carl Schmitt: Hauriou, became a crown witness for us when he confirmed this connection in 1916, in
The values we rightly associate with the modern age - the "liberty, equality, and fraternity" of the French revolution - are all endangered today not by the dead hand of tradition but by modernity itself, and they can be salvaged only by moving beyond it.Harvey Cox French Revolution Sayings By Harvey Cox: The values we rightly associate with the modern age - the "liberty, equality, and fraternity"
It's not uncommon for revolutions to stem from a radicalized group just outside the circle of power. That's what the French Revolution was all about; that's what the American Revolution was. The question is: Will all those groups, because of the nature of partisan polarization and ideological polarization, just fight each other? Or is there capacity to organize?Chris Hayes French Revolution Sayings By Chris Hayes: It's not uncommon for revolutions to stem from a radicalized group just outside the circle
I returned to London in the spring of 1926 for the General Strike. It was the topic of Paris. The French, exultant as always at the discomfiture of their former friends, and transposing into their own precise terms our mistier notions from across the Channel, foretold revolution and civilEvelyn Waugh French Revolution Sayings By Evelyn Waugh: I returned to London in the spring of 1926 for the General Strike. It was
The annals of the French Revolution prove that the knowledge of the few cannot counteract the ignorance of the many ... The light of philosophy, when it is confined to a small minority, points out the possessors as the victims rather than the illuminators of the multitude.Samuel Taylor Coleridge French Revolution Sayings By Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The annals of the French Revolution prove that the knowledge of the few cannot counteract
The situation is like this: they hired our parents to destroy this world, and now they'd like to put us to work rebuilding it, and
to add insult to injury
at a profit.
The Invisible Committee French Revolution Sayings By The Invisible Committee: The situation is like this: they hired our parents to destroy this world, and now
Camille, a few feet away, looked like a gypsy who had mislaid his violin and had been searching for it in a hedgerow; he frustrated daily the best efforts of an expensive tailor, wearing his clothes as a subtle comment on the collapsing social order.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Camille, a few feet away, looked like a gypsy who had mislaid his violin and
I tell you, dear Citizen Camille - it's not the deaths I can't stand. It's the judgements, the judgements in the courtroom.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: I tell you, dear Citizen Camille - it's not the deaths I can't stand. It's
He is careful to deny responsibility for September, but he does not, you notice, condemn the killings. He also refrains from killing words, sparing Roland and Buzot, as if they were beneath his notice. August 10 was illegal, he says; so too was the taking of the Bastille. What account can we take of that, in revolution? It is the nature of revolutions to break laws. We are not justices of the peace; we are legislators to a new world.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: He is careful to deny responsibility for September, but he does not, you notice, condemn
The modern tradition is the tradition of revolt. The French Revolution is still our model today: history is violent change, and this change goes by the name of progress. I do not know whether these notions really apply to art.Octavio Paz French Revolution Sayings By Octavio Paz: The modern tradition is the tradition of revolt. The French Revolution is still our model
I turn away from the smell of death, pressing my lavender scented handkerchief as tight as I can against my nose.Meghan Masterson French Revolution Sayings By Meghan Masterson: I turn away from the smell of death, pressing my lavender scented handkerchief as tight
The French revolution was a .eune invented and constructed for the purpose of manufacturing liberty; but it had neither lever cogs, nor adjusting powers, and the consequences were that it worked so rapidly that it destroyed its own inventors, and set itself on fire.Charles Caleb Colton French Revolution Sayings By Charles Caleb Colton: The French revolution was a .eune invented and constructed for the purpose of manufacturing liberty;
If you're creating a slave situation, you would almost never bring women. And if we look at Slavery for example, we look at the Greeks and the Romans, right? It was always men. They never brought any women. Because women carry the seeds of the revolution, right? And if you have the men by themselves, then you can do what the French did with the Blackfeet, which is breed them out.Nikki Giovanni French Revolution Sayings By Nikki Giovanni: If you're creating a slave situation, you would almost never bring women. And if we
Has it ever occurred to you that Max feels the same basic contempt for you as you do for him?"
"He feels contempt for me?"
"It is something he feels very readily."
"No, I hadn't thought that."
"Well, the whole world isn't driven by your appetites, and people who are not feel themselves your superior, naturally. He struggles very hard to make allowances for you. He is not tolerant, but he is charitable. Or perhaps it is the other way around."
"One becomes tired of analyzing his character," Danton said. "As if one's life depended on it.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Has it ever occurred to you that Max feels the same basic contempt for you
The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.Albert Camus French Revolution Sayings By Albert Camus: The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins,
A sensibility that wails almost exclusively over the enemies of liberty seems suspect to me. Stop shaking the tyrant's bloody robe in my face, or I will believe that you wish to put Rome in chains.Maximilien De Robespierre French Revolution Sayings By Maximilien De Robespierre: A sensibility that wails almost exclusively over the enemies of liberty seems suspect to me.
But further, Hobbesian individualism required that traditional independent social authorities be eliminated or suppressed. Benjamin Constant, who was a keen observer of the French Revolution, explained why: "The interests and memories which spring from local customs contain a germ of resistance which is so distasteful to authority that it hastens to uproot it. Authority finds private individuals easier game: its enormous weight can flatten them out effortlessly as if they were so much sand.Donald W. Livingston French Revolution Sayings By Donald W. Livingston: But further, Hobbesian individualism required that traditional independent social authorities be eliminated or suppressed. Benjamin
Who goes there?" At the same time, the click of guns, as they were lowered into position, was heard. Enjolras replied in a haughty and vibrating tone: - "The French Revolution!Victor Hugo French Revolution Sayings By Victor Hugo: Who goes there?" At the same time, the click of guns, as they were lowered
I mean, already in the French Revolution, the harpsichord becomes identified with the aristocracy, with the ancien regime. Plus, hey, you know, I mean, harpsichord is a really easy target, isn't it? I mean, it's - it's just how it is.Mahan Esfahani French Revolution Sayings By Mahan Esfahani: I mean, already in the French Revolution, the harpsichord becomes identified with the aristocracy, with
A revolution is bloody, but America is in a unique position. She's the only country in history in a position actually to become involved in a bloodless revolution. The Russian revolution was bloody, Chinese revolution was bloody, French revolution was bloody, Cuban revolution was bloody, and there was nothing more bloody then the American Revolution. But today this country can become involved in a revolution that won't take bloodshed. All she's got to do is give the black man in this country everything that's due him, everything.Malcolm X French Revolution Sayings By Malcolm X: A revolution is bloody, but America is in a unique position. She's the only country
I can't divide Camille's loyalties. Who knows? He might make the wrong choice.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: I can't divide Camille's loyalties. Who knows? He might make the wrong choice.
From the days of Spartacus, Weishophf, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.Winston Churchill French Revolution Sayings By Winston Churchill: From the days of Spartacus, Weishophf, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman,
At the top of the Queen's Staircase at the Tuileries, there is a series of communicating chambers, crowded every day with clerks, secretaries, messengers, with army officers and purveyors, officials of the Commune and officers of the courts: with government couriers, booted and spurred, waiting for dispatches from the last room in the suite. Look down: outside there are cannon and files of soldiers. The room at the end was once the private office of Louis the Last. You cannot go in.
That room is now the office of the Committee of Public Safety. The Committee exists to supervise the Council of Ministers and to expedite its decisions.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: At the top of the Queen's Staircase at the Tuileries, there is a series of
After the French Revolution, it was not the treason of the king that was in question; it was the existence of the king. You have to be very careful when you judge and execute somebody for being a symbol.Adam Michnik French Revolution Sayings By Adam Michnik: After the French Revolution, it was not the treason of the king that was in
The French Revolution will be found to have had great influence on the strength of parties, and on the subsequent political transactions of the United States.John Marshall French Revolution Sayings By John Marshall: The French Revolution will be found to have had great influence on the strength of
Conservatism proper is a legitimate, probably necessary, and certainly widespread attitude of opposition to drastic change. It has, since the French Revolution, for a century and a half played an important role in European politics. Until the rise of socialism its opposite was liberalism. There is nothing corresponding to this conflict in the history of the United States, because what in Europe was called "liberalism" was here the common tradition on which the American polity had been built: thus the defender of the American tradition was a liberal in the European sense.Friedrich Hayek French Revolution Sayings By Friedrich Hayek: Conservatism proper is a legitimate, probably necessary, and certainly widespread attitude of opposition to drastic
Collot is back from Lyon, did you know? He had finished his work, as he describes it. His path of righteousness is very clear and straight and broad. It's so easy to be a good Jacobin. Collot hasn't a doubt or scruple in his
head - indeed, I doubt if he has much in it at all. Stop the Terror? He thinks we haven't even begun.
Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: Collot is back from Lyon, did you know? He had finished his work, as he
But just as everything was going along politely, quietly and wonderfully - in poured Citizen Danton and his crew.Hilary Mantel French Revolution Sayings By Hilary Mantel: But just as everything was going along politely, quietly and wonderfully - in poured Citizen