Historical Outlook; A Journal for Readers, Students and Teachers of History Volume 11

Historical Outlook; A Journal for Readers, Students and Teachers of History Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...nobility, and eclat. According to the forms even that he imitated and that he reproduced most often, it was easy for me to divine that all his studies were based on Rousseau.... But in Salles and in Robespierre I had most distinctly noted that mental falsity so common in those who treat great questions, and which can become fatal in those who treat great political questions. The sentiment which appeared most in Robespierre, and of which he made no mystery... and which had won him with certain Paris groups the title of the Incorruptiblej this sentiment is that the defender of the people can never be wrong; that he betrays the people if he puts any limit or any measure in his principles; that everything which the people does, and in all one says for it, everything is virtue and truth, nothing can be excess, error, and crime.... In Robespierre and in Salles dominated a morbid temperament, which plagues those who have it and which is the origin of all the tempests which have overturned the moral world.... Never was a man who knew how to write elegant phrases more foreign to logic. For him the best reasons were his suspicions. One day I asked him to reflect upon some ideas that I presented to him, and which would have spared him all the crimes, which have erected so many scaffolds besides his own. His reply was, "I do not need to reflect, I always rely upon my first impressions...". Same, Mfmoires Historiques sur le Dixhuitiime Biecle, 1821, II, 538-9. Speaking of the Convention--In this extraordinary number of orators always ready and always environed by wars with Europe, by revolutionary tribunals, and by scaffolds which trickled with blood, a single individual seeks curiously and laboriously for the forms and the elegant...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236889940
  • 9781236889942