The whole earth, perpetually steeped in blood, is nothing but an immense altar on which every living thing must be sacrificed without end, without restraint, without respite until the consummation of the world, the extinction of evil, the death of death.
Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821), French diplomat, philosopher. the senator, in Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg, "Seventh Dialogue," (1821), repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965).