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CONSTANTIN FRANCOIS DE CHASSEBEOUF DE VOLNEY
French scholar, author and traveler
(1757 - 1820)

Justice is the fundamental and almost only virtue of social life, as it embraces all those actions which are useful to society.
      - [Justice]

The human heart is often the victim of the sensations of the moment; success intoxicates it to presumption, and disappointment dejects and terrifies it.
      - [Heart]

Who knows but that hereafter some traveller like myself will sit down upon the banks of the Seine, the Thames, or the Zuyder Zee, where now, in the tumult of enjoyment, the heart and the eyes are too slow to take in the multitude of sensations? Who knows but he will sit down solitary amid silent ruins, and weep a people inurned and their greatness changed into an empty name?
      - Ruins (ch. II) [Ruin]


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