Anatole France quote about democracy from Penguin Island - Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants.
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Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants.
 Anatole France, Penguin Island (1908). copy citation

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Author Anatole France
Source Penguin Island
Topic democracy jealousy tyranny
Date 1908
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1930/1930-h/1930-h.htm

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“After their departure, the maid of their hotel, as she was putting their room in order, saw seven little crosses traced by a hairpin on the wall at the head of the bed.
That is all that Hippolyte Ceres obtained as a reward of his efforts.
IX. THE FINAL CONSEQUENCES
Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants. Deputies began to envy the Prime Minister his golden key. For a year his domination over the beauteous Madame Ceres had been known to the whole universe. The provinces, whither news and fashions only arrive after a complete revolution of the earth round the sun, were at last informed of the illegitimate loves of the Cabinet.” source
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