Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Happy de Maistre Day!

Today is the 255th anniversary of the birth of Joseph-Marie, Comte de Maistre.

Celebrate by reading some excerpts from his works.

"The 1795 constitution, like its predecessors, was made for man. But there is no such thing as man in the world. During my life, I have seen Frenchmen, Italians, Russians, and so on; thanks to Montesquieu, I even know that one can be Persian; but I must say, as for man, I have never come across him anywhere; if he exists, he is completely unknown to me." ~Joseph de Maistre, Considerations on France, Chapter VI.

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