Astolf Custine

Astolf Custine

was a French aristocrat and writer who is best known for his travel writing
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 [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Grace is always natural, though that does not prevent its being often used to hide a lie.More Astolf Custine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In Russia, whatever be the appearance of things, violence and arbitrary rule is at the bottom of them all. Tyranny rendered calm by the influence of terror is the only kind of happiness which this government is able to afford its people.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]
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]

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