Title: The Memoirs of François René Vicomte de Chateaubriand sometime Ambassador to England, Volume 1 (of 6)
Mémoires d’outre-tombe, volume 1
Author: François René Chateaubriand
Alexander Teixeira de Mattos
Release Date: May 18, 2017 [EBook #54743]
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When death lowers the curtain between me and the world, it shall be found that my drama was divided into three acts.
From my early youth until 1800, I was a soldier and a traveller; from 1800 to 1811, under the Consulate and the Empire, my life was given to literature; from the Restoration to the present day, it has been devoted to politics.
No event, however wretched or hateful in itself, should be treated lightly when its circumstances are serious, or when it marks an epoch: what should have been seen in the capture of the Bastille (and what was not then seen) was, not the violent act of the emancipation of a people, but the emancipation itself which resulted from that act.