Quotation by Joseph De Maistre

Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.
Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The senator, in "First Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).
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