Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre was a lawyer, diplomat, writer, and philosopher. He was one of the most influential spokesmen for hierarchical authoritarianism in the period immediately following the French Revolution. He was one of the key intellectual figures of the Counter-Enlightenment and  argued for the restoration of hereditary monarchy. One of his most famous works was  Considérations sur la France (“Considerations on France,” 1796), it stated that that France had a divine mission as the principal instrument of good and  evil on Earth. He also believed that the French Revolution was a Providential occurrence and that it wouldn’t effect other countries.

Some of his more famous quotes are listed below.

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

“Every country has the government it deserves.”

 “I don’t know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it’s enough to make one’s flesh creep.”

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

“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.”

“Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.”

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