Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke

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Author: Edmund Burke

Idea of French Revolution.

It appears to me as if I were in a great crisis, not of the affairs of France alone, but of all Europe, perhaps of more than Europe. All circumstances taken together, the French revolution is the most astonishing that has hitherto happened in the world. The most wonderful things are brought about in many instances by means the most absurd and ridiculous; in the most ridiculous modes; and, apparently, by the most contemptible instruments. Everything seems out of nature in this strange chaos of levity and ferocity, and of all sorts of crimes jumbled together with all sorts of follies. In viewing this monstrous tragi-comic scene, the most opposite passions necessarily succeed, and sometimes mix with each other in the mind; alternate contempt and indignation; alternate laughter and tears; alternate scorn and horror.

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Chicago: Edmund Burke, "Idea of French Revolution.," Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DCKC3DLN87YIKIP.

MLA: Burke, Edmund. "Idea of French Revolution." Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke, in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DCKC3DLN87YIKIP.

Harvard: Burke, E, 'Idea of French Revolution.' in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. cited in , Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DCKC3DLN87YIKIP.