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Joseph De Maistre Quotes

(1753-1821), French Diplomat, Philosopher

A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.

Category: Constitutions

Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.

Category: Despotism

We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good, whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil, since nothing is in its proper place.

Category: Evil

If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.

Category: Evil

In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.

Category: Fallibility

It can even come about that a created will cancels out, not perhaps the exertion, but the result of divine action; for in this sense, God himself has told us that God wishes things which do not happen because man does not wish them! Thus the rights of men are immense, and his greatest misfortune is to be unaware of them.

Category: Free Will

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance.

Category: Free Will

Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.

Category: Freedom

Without doubt God is the universal moving force, but each being is moved according to the nature that God has given it. He directs angels, man, animals, brute matter, in sum all created things, but each according to its nature, and man having been created free, he is freely led. This rule is truly the eternal law and in it we must believe.

Category: God

Every country has the government it deserves.

Category: Government

I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man; it is horrible.

Category: Heart

Nothing is necessary except God, and nothing is less necessary than pain.

Category: Necessity

False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.

Category: Opinions

All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.

Category: Pain

To know how to wait. It is the great secret of success.

Category: Patience