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- It is easy to see where North America stands at present, and whither it is tending. Its rapid progress, due to the most degrading works, has fascinated Europe; but the results of this progress, exclusively material, already appear. Barbarism, profligacy, general bankruptcy, systematic destruction of the native races, idiotic slavery of the conquerors, bound to the most trying and repulsive of lives under the yoke of their own machinery. America might founder in the ocean once for all, and the human race would suffer no loss thereby. Not a saint, not an artist, not a thinker has it produced, unless one may term thought the aptitude for twisting iron for the construction of freight trains. The priests who wear out their lives there cannot create a civilization. Thus far there is no civilization in America, and as far as appearances go, there never will be. (L'Univers)
- Newspapers have become such a danger that it is necessary to create many. You cannot contend against the Press, except through its multitude. Add flood to flood, and let them drown one another, forming no more than a swamp, or, if you will, a sea. The swamp has its lagoons, the sea its moments of slumber. We will see whether it is possible to build some Venice within it.
- When I voted, my equality tumbled into the box with my ballot; they disappeared together.
- If I could re-establish a class of nobles, I should do so at once, and I would not belong to it.
- Amongst the amusements of Paris must be counted duels between journalists.
- H.R.H. The Infanta Eulalia of Spain: The Thread of Life
- Michels, Robert: Political Parties (1911, 1966 edition), pg 75
- Jules Lemaître: Jean Jacques Rousseau (1907), pg 266
- Benjamin Cummings Truman, The Field of Honor (1884), pg 23
- Pierre Pierrard, Louis Veuillot, Éditions Beauchesne, 1998, p. 134.