What is most striking in the French Revolution is this driving force that bends all obstacles.
Its whirlwind carries away like a light straw all that the human force knew how to oppose to it: nobody opposed its march with impunity.
Joseph de Maistre, Considerations on France, 1796
Joseph de Maistre expresses the idea that the French Revolution marks the spirits by its force crushing everything in its path.
It also marks by the fact that it is a relentless movement, which transcends humanity.
Finally, the French Revolution left no one unscathed, at least anyone who opposed it took a beating in return.
This reflection must be understood with a certain historical distance, considering the context and the very strong counter-revolutionary commitment of this philosophy whose thoughts are marked by esotericism.