The Ruins of Empires has 90 ratings and 34 reviews. Owlseyes said: I’ve read the book some years ago: an amazing reflection on ancient civilizations. Ruins of Empire. Les Ruines, ou méditations sur les révolutions des empires ( ) by Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney () is one . Or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires: Volney’s Answer to Dr. Priestley and a Biographical Notice by Count Daru. Prefaces; The Ruins of Empire.

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There, from above the atmosphere, looking down towards the earth I had quitted, I beheld a scene entirely new. By force of experience he will become enlightened; by force of errors he will set himself right; he will become wise and good, because it is his interest to be so: Has the superiority of the government been turned to the advantage of the people?

If God is good, will he be the author of your punishment? How is truth to make itself known? You destroyed your enemies, and your grasping ambition, still in force, preyed upon yourselves. In reality I saw the Russian flag hoisted over the Crimea, and their vessels scattered upon the Euxine.

Nations are ejpires perhaps yet free from the power of these evils; but their force is at least diminished, and the experience of past times has not been wholly lost. In surveying the globe.

I perceived that it was divided into twenty different systems of religious worship. In another country, tending to the same end by different means, sacred impostors have taken advantage of the ryins of the ignorant. If God be good, how can he be pleased with your penances? We are human beings, and we know, by dear-bought experience, that every human being incessantly grasps at authority, and wishes to enjoy it at the expence of others. This constant spirit of egotism operated two principal effects equally destructive: If all are equal before God, where will be the need of mediators, and what is to become of the priesthood?

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The cold prudence which evermore haunts and torments me, I will render useless by a rhins intervention of Providence. Presumptuous and ignorant men, who arrogate to yourselves the whole earth, were God to summon at once all past and present generations, what proportion would those Christian and Mussulman sects, calling themselves universal, bear in the vast assemblage? As everyman ploughed his own field, cultivation was more active, provisions more abundant, and individual opulence constituted the public wealth.

Then, deliberating on their new situation, some among the groupe said: Such are the principles by which nations are judged! I have traversed this desolate country, I have visited the places that were the Edition: Old men, women, and children, in confused multitudes, fly before them.

Deism in Eighteenth Empiges America. Or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires.

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Hear these men, and you would imagine that God is a Being capricious and mutable; that now he loves, and now he hates; that he chastises one, and indulges another; that hatred is engendered and nourished in his bosom; that he spreads snares for men, and delights in the fatal effects of imprudence; that he permits ill, and punishes it; that he foresees guilt, and acquiesces; that he is to be bought with gifts like a partial judge; that he reverses his edicts like an undiscerning despot; that he gives and revokes his favours because it is his will, and is to be appeased only by servility like a savage tyrant.

After three days travel in barren solitude, and having passed through a valley filled with grottoes and tombs, my Edition: In process of time, these paramount chiefs of the globe have disputed with each other for superiority, and then was seen the period of factions and civil broils. I can see nothing more than that these insects seem to carry on a sort of mock battles; they advance, they approach towards each other, they attack, they pursue.

I see the horsemen that light them.

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The laws of nature, ruis, did not less operate in your misfortunes than in your prosperity. On one side the Mussulmans, assembled before their mosques, washed their hands and feet, Edition: The sweet sensations which nature had empired to their true wants, to attach them to life, no longer sufficed.


Man is governed, like the world of which he forms a part, by natural laws, regular in their operation, consequent in their effects, immutable in their essence; and these laws, the common source of good and evil, are neither written lf the distant stars, nor concealed in mysterious codes: Then the ecclesiastical governors said: After the Bourbon Restoration he was made a Peer of Franceupon recognition of his hostility towards the Empire.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Are there no nations advanced beyond the period, when nothing was to be seen upon the face of the globe but savage freebooters or savage slaves?

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It is thus the Mussulman believes himself purified from all his sins by the ablution of his head and his arms; and disputes, sabre in hand, whether he ought to begin the ceremony at the elbow s or the points of his fingers. From hence it follows, that the internal splendour and prosperity of empires, have been in proportion to the equity of their governments; and their external power respectively, in proportion to the number of persons interested in the maintenance of the political constitution, and their degree of interest in colney maintenance.

You shall not be hurt; we are enlightened, and we will commit no violence. Since Volney sat on the committee that wrote the first French constitution, he was writing the final drafts of both emires at the same time.

Why are so many cities destroyed? Men had too long contracted habits of independence; their wants were too limited, and the consciousness of their own strength too inseparable from their minds.

Despotism itself seems not to have been unproductive of advantages: