Morceaux Choisis Des Essais

Morceaux Choisis Des Essais

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...were captivating. His conversation was lively; his manners, to those whom he desired to please, were even caressing. No man succeeded more completely in inspiring those who approached him with vague hopes of some great advantage from his kindness. But under this fair exterior he was a tyrant, suspicious, distlainful, and malevolent. He had one taste which may be pardoned in a boy, but which, when habitually and deliberately indulged by a man of mature 'age and strong understanding, is almost invariably the sign of a bad heart, a taste for severe practical jokes. If a courtier was fond of dress, oil ' was flung over his richest suit. If he was fond of money, some prank was invented to make him disburse more than he could spare. If he was hypochondriacal, he was made to believe that he had the dropsy-If he had particularly set his heart on 4. For the world, pour tout an monde.' visiting a place, it letter was forged to frighten him from going thither-. These things, it maybe said, are trifles. They are so; but they are indications, not to be mistaken, of a nature to which the sight of human suffering and human dtegradatioti is an agreeable excitement. ' 13. Voltaire arrive a Potsdam. It was in the year 4151) that Voltaire left the great capital', which he was not to see again till, after the lapse of near thirty years, he returned, bowed down by extreme old age, to die in the midst of a splendid and ghastly tr-iumph. His reception in Prussia was such as might well have elated' a less vain and excitable mind. He wrote to his friends at Paris, that the kindness and the attention with which he hatibeen welcomed surpassed description, that the King was the most amiable of men, that Potsdam was the paradise of philosophers. He was...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236782844
  • 9781236782847