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  • Aunty hon-ey, that sort of thing went out with the French Revolution, or began with it, I forget which.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I’d spend an hour crafting a casual e-mail to her, I became a student of arcana so I could keep her interested: the Lake poets, the code duello, the French Revolution.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • During the French Revolution, I got worried about my boy Louis XIV, the Sun King, then went down to check on him and found out he had died seventy-five years earlier.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Not that Flora had ever seen Marie Antoinette, but she had read about her in a "TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!" issue on the French Revolution.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • The French Revolution, for example, abolished feudal property in favour of bourgeois property.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • The French Revolution in the late 1700s wasn’t just an uprising of common people overthrowing the monarchy in favor of democracy and republicanism.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Ahead of anyone in the government, and more clearly than any, Adams foresaw the French Revolution leading to chaos, horror, and ultimate tyranny.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Those princes rejected all the innovations of the French Revolution except centralization: that is the only principle they consented to receive from such a source.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • History tells us of dreadful deeds and appalling barbarities during the French Revolution.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • In any case, and in spite of whatever may be said, the French Revolution is the most important step of the human race since the advent of Christ.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • * In August 1791, as a consequence of the French Revolution, the black slaves and mulattoes on Haiti rose in revolt against the whites, and in the period of turmoil that followed enormous cruelties were practised by both sides.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He was agitated; this extraordinary gathering not only of nobles but also of the merchant-class—les etats generaux (States-General)—evoked in him a whole series of ideas he had long laid aside but which were deeply graven in his soul: thoughts of the Contrat social and the French Revolution.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Then came the French Revolution.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The hard-headed Dundee owner was a staunch admirer of Thomas Paine whose book in rejoinder to Burke’s arraignment of the French Revolution had then been published for some time and had gone everywhere.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • …count, and continue this conversation at my house, any day you may be willing to see an adversary capable of understanding and anxious to refute you, and I will show you my father, M. Noirtier de Villefort, one of the most fiery Jacobins of the French Revolution; that is to say, he had the most remarkable audacity, seconded by a most powerful organization—a man who has not, perhaps, like yourself seen all the kingdoms of the earth, but who has helped to overturn one of the greatest; in…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In the fifties we were near enough the echoes of the French Revolution to believe pretty thoroughly in universal suffrage.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • There never were men placed in such egotistic positions since—oh, since the French Revolution.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The Eden of liberty, plenty, and love, the dream of the French Revolution coming to pass.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "Oh, a term that came up in the French Revolution," said Keck.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • If the French Revolution were to recur eternally, French historians would be less proud of Robespierre.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolution.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • As refugees from the French Revolution and from the slave revolts in the French West Indies poured into Philadelphia, French fashion and language became very popular.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • It was true; he was for the most part happy; he had his wife; he had his children; he had promised in six weeks’ time to talk "some nonsense" to the young men of Cardiff about Locke, Hume, Berkeley, and the causes of the French Revolution.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • In 1795, Julian Fedon, a black planter of mixed French ancestry, led an uprising inspired by the French Revolution.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The age of reason, prematurely welcomed by the leaders of the French Revolution two and a half centuries before, had now really arrived.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • I was dubbed the Black Pimpernel, a somewhat derogatory adaptation of Baroness Orczy’s fictional character the Scarlet Pimpernel, who daringly evaded capture during the French Revolution.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Put it even that they are like the fishwives who helped to bring back to Paris from Versailles, on that most ominous day of the first half of the French Revolution, the carriage of the royal family.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Everybody knows the melancholy end of that nobleman, which befell at Naples two months after the French Revolution of 1830; when the Most Honourable George Gustavus, Marquis of Steyne, Earl of Gaunt and of Gaunt Castle, in the Peerage of Ireland, Viscount Hellborough, Baron Pitchley and Grillsby, a Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, of the Golden Fleece of Spain, of the Russian Order of Saint Nicholas of the First Class, of the Turkish Order of the Crescent, First Lord of…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • the gate of solid beams in place of the lacelike iron grilling and they passing on, Bon knocking at a small adjacent doorway from which a swarthy man resembling a creature out of an old woodcut of the French Revolution erupts, concerned, even a little aghast, looking first at the daylight and then at Henry and speaking to Bon in French which Henry does not understand and Bon’s teeth glinting for an instant before he answers in French: With him?
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It was a play about the French Revolution and the leading part was a nobleman.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • Reading like another of Bortz’s costume dramas, it told of a great schism in the Tristero ranks during the French Revolution.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • This double character of the French Revolution is a fact which has been adroitly handled by the friends of absolute power.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • That determination of ours, extending over all these years, was proved, for example, in the early days during the quarter century of wars following the French Revolution.
    Franklin  Delano  Roosevelt  --  The Four Freedoms
  • Put it even that they are like the fishwives who helped to bring back to Paris from Versailles, on that most ominous day of the first half of the French Revolution, the carriage of the royal family.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The French Revolution.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The poor debtor class (including probably a majority of the veterans of the Revolution) had been fired by the facile doctrines of the French Revolution to demands which threatened the country with bankruptcy and anarchy, and the class of property-owners, in reaction, went far to the other extreme.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Thus, though we do not know what Shakespeare went through when he wrote LEAR, we do know what Carlyle went through when he wrote the FRENCH REVOLUTION; what Flaubert went through when he wrote MADAME BOVARY; what Keats was going through when he tried to write poetry against the coming death and the indifference of the world.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • The French Revolution is the consecration of humanity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In the French Revolution there were two impulses in opposite directions, which must never be confounded—the one was favorable to liberty, the other to despotism.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Bear this well in mind sir: the French Revolution had its reasons for existence; its wrath will be absolved by the future; its result is the world made better.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Beneath this apparent discord there is a great and a profound thing,— the French Revolution.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • All the revolutions of Europe since 1792 are the French Revolution: liberty darts rays from France.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The war of 1823, an outrage on the generous Spanish nation, was then, at the same time, an outrage on the French Revolution.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Well, I am, if you please; I was born before the French Revolution.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The French Revolution in 1787 established a number of rights for all ’citizens.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Yet it was the French Revolution that gave us the first inklings of feminism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • States, was but a prelude to what would be Burke’s most famous book, Reflections on the French Revolution, published late in 1790.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • One of those who fought hardest for the rights of women during the French Revolution was Olympe de Gouges.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It was Adams, and the damage done was extreme, given the overwhelming popularity of both Thomas Paine and the French Revolution.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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