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Unable to perceive a single chance of regaining their equality, they give up to
despair, and allow themselves to fall below the dignity of human nature. This
unfortunate effect of the disparity of conditions is not observa. ble in savage life;
It has been observed, moreover, that the intensity of human passions is
heightened, not only by the importance of the end which they propose to attain,
but by the multitude of individuals who are animated by them at the same time.
Every one ...
But between these epochs of misery and of confusion there are periods during
which human society seems to rest, and mankind to make a pause. This pause is,
indeed, only apparent; for time does not stop its course for nations any more than
Perfection, even in the law, he does not consider attainable by human beings,
and the greatest approximation to it is all that he expects or desires. Besides,
there are very few cases of positive and abstract rule, where it is of any
Religion then, is simply another form of hope ; and it is no less natural to the
human heart than hope itself. Men cannot abandon their religious faith without a
kind of aberration of intellect, and a sort of violent, distortion of their true natures;
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The social state of these tribes differed also in many respects from all that was seen in the Old World. They seemed to have multiplied freely in the midst of their deserts, without coming in contact with other races more civilized than their own.