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Бенжамен Констан

Дата рождения: 25. Октябрь 1767
Дата смерти: 8. Декабрь 1830
Другие имена: Henri Benjamin Constant De Rebecque

Анри́-Бенжаме́н Конста́н де Ребе́к, фр. Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque — французско-швейцарский писатель, публицист, политический деятель времён Французской революции, бонапартизма и Реставрации.


„Есть варварство двух родов: одно предшествует векам просвещения, другое следует за ними.“

„Чтобы жить спокойно, нужно затратить не меньше усилий, чем для того, что бы править миром.“


„Созерцание красоты любого рода, выводя нас за пределы вашего собственного «я», пробуждает в нас способность к самопожертвованию.“

„The great question in life is the suffering we cause, and the most ingenious metaphysics do not justify the man who has broken the heart that loved him.“ Adolphe

„Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves.“

„Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own. (1804)“

„Woe to the man who in the first moments of a love-affair does not believe that it will last forever! Woe to him who even in the arms of some mistress who has just yielded to him maintains an awareness of trouble to come and foresees that he may later tear himself away!“ Adolphe

„Nearly always, so as to live at peace with ourselves, we disguise our own impotence and weakness as calculation and policy; it is our way of placating that half of our being which is in a sense a spectator of the other.“ Adolphe


„We are such volatile creatures, we finally feel sentiments we feign“ Adolphe

„I detest that fatuity of mind which believes that what is explained is also excused; I hate that vanity which finds it interesting to describe the harm that it has done, and asks to be pitied at the end of its recital, and, as it patrols with impunity among the ruins for which it is responsible, gives to self-analysis the time which should be given to repentance.“ Adolphe

„It is true that love is a feeling one places, whenever one feels the need of placing it, on the first object that happens along“ Journal intime de Benjamin Constant et lettres à sa famille et à ses amis

„A government that spoke of military glory as an aim would betray ignorance of, or contempt for, the spirit of nations and the age. It would be an error by a thousand years. Even if it should initially succeed, it would be interesting to see who in the end would win this odd wager, our own century or the offending government.“


„If political authority is not limited, the division of powers, ordinarily the guarantee of freedom, becomes a danger and a scourge.“ Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments

„The actions of government, we are told, bear down only on imprudent souls who provoke them. The man who resigns himself and keeps silent is always safe. Reassured by this worthless and specious argument, we do not protest against the oppressors. Instead we find fault with the victims. Nobody knows how to be brave even prudentially. Everyone stays silent, keeping his head low in the self-deceiving hope of disarming the powers that be by his silence. People give despotism free access, flattering themselves they will be treated with consideration. Eyes to the ground, each person walks in silence the narrow path leading him safely to the tomb.“ Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments

„Political liberty involves every citizen without exception in the examination and study of his most sacred interest. It aggrandizes the spirit, ennobles the mind, and establishes among all of them a sort of intellectual quality which makes for a people who are both glorious and powerful.“

„How would you define the impression of a dark night, of an ancient forest, of the wind moaning through ruins or over graves, of the ocean stretching beyond our sight? How would you define the emotion caused by the songs of Ossian, the church of St Peter, meditation upon death, the harmony of sound or forms? How would you define reverie, that intimate quivering of the soul, in which all the powers of the senses and thought come together and lose themselves in a mysterious confusion? There is religion at the bottom of all things. All that is beautiful, all that is intimate, all that is noble, partakes of the nature of religion.“ Political Writings

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