Wednesday, 3 December 2008

A More Fatal Act

“The French Revolution was a vast act of political destruction at the heart of previous society: let us fear lest it creates a more fatal act of destruction, let us fear moral destruction hand in hand with that Revolution’s evils.”

François-René de Chateaubriand, Mémoires d’Outre-tombe, tr. A.S. Kline, Bk.XLII:8:1, published online by A.S. Kline.
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5 comments:

dearieme said...

Did Chateaubriand have a stake in the outcome?

Deogolwulf said...

I suppose his kind did. It is almost unimaginable that nowadays there could be a diplomat and statesman quite as quixotic as Chateaubriand.

dearieme said...

Where I grew up, the beaches were a mud-sand mixture, and the rugby pitches mud-sheep droppings.

dearieme said...

I seem to have commented awry.

James Higham said...

Most certainly.