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Single Idea 20273

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 7. Changing the State / c. Revolution]

Full Idea

The 'Great Revolution' [in France] was nothing more than a pathetic and bloody quackery, which understood how, through sudden crises, to supply a trusting Europe with the sudden hope of recovery.

Gist of Idea

The French Revolution gave trusting Europe the false delusion of instant recovery


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 534)

A Reaction

Whenever a new leader comes into power there is the same honeymoon period, where dreams of salvation have a moment in the sun.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.259