Excerpt from The Touchstone of Character: Translated From the French
We have desired to show, to all sincere souls, the danger of those opinions which were formerly received with uni versal indulgence - an indulgence which contained, in our Opinion, the germ of frightful calamity. Our anticipations have been but too fully realized by events; and this book, of which the basis was already written in 1844, and which was printed before the breaking out of the last revolution, has seemed ptophetic, because of the menaces addressed by it to a society grown drowsyin the lap of ease and luxury. N ow that the doctrine of pleasure attacks the family, relig ion, property, in a word, all the basis of society, no longer in the secret of the clubs, but in the full blaze of day, illu sons are henceforth impossible. Facts have proved the in fallibility of that christian doctrine, which the sons of vo] taire so often treated as folly, during the latter years of thexvi. Preface.
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