Astolf Custine

Astolf Custine

was a French aristocrat and writer who is best known for his travel writing
A multitude of little superfluous precautions engender here a population of deputies and sub-officials, each of whom acquits himself with an air of importance and a rigorous precision, which seemed to say, though everything is done with much silence, Make way, I am one of the members of the grand machine of state.More Astolf Custine quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I do not believe I am exaggerating in affirming that the empire of Russia is a country whose inhabitants are the most miserable on earth, because they suffer at one and the same time the evils of barbarism and of civilization.More Astolf Custine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigor of mathematical calculation.More Astolf Custine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nations have always good reasons for being what they are, and the best of all is that they cannot be otherwise.More Astolf Custine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Grace is always natural, though that does not prevent its being often used to hide a lie. The rude shocks and uncomfortably constraining influences of life disappear among graceful women and poetical men; they are the most deceptive beings in creation; distrust and doubt cannot stand before them; they create what they imagine; if they do not lie to others, they do to their own hearts; for illusion is their element, fiction their vocation, and pleasures in appearance their happiness. Beware of grace in woman, and poetryMore Astolf Custine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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