Quotation by Joseph De Maistre

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance.
Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 1 (1796).
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