The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, or the Against-One is the most famous work of Étienne Original title, Discours de la servitude volontaire ou le Contr’un Étienne de La Boétie was one of the first to theorize and propose the strategy of. Discours de la servitude volontaire | Etienne de La Boetie | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Ce livre est parfaitement mis en page pour une lecture sur Kindle. Le Discours de la servitude volontaire est un ouvrage rédigé en par Étienne de La.

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Amna rated it did not like it Mar 21, Although it might not be impossible, yet it would be difficult to find true friendship in a tyrant; elevated above others and having no companions, he finds himself already beyond the pale of friendship, which receives its real sustenance from an equality that, to proceed without a limp, must have its two limbs equal.

Race Et Etat Vrin. Find it on Scholar. No keywords specified fix it. To Roy, Gilbert, and Grace, I express here gratitude boetue their inspiration and comradeship. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Now if one would argue volontaiire these men fell into disgrace because they wanted to act honorably, let him look around boldly at others close to that same tyrant, and he will see that those who came into his favor and maintained ssrvitude by dishonorable means did not fare much better.

The title he chose for his tract, Voluntary Servitudeproves that he considers the people responsible for their enslavement to a despot. Let them have no eye, nor foot, etidnne hand that is not alert to respond to his wishes or to seek out his thoughts.

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Shall we call subjection to such a leader cowardice? We have no record of Richelieu’s impressions, but we can surmise that he must have smiled at the impetuous eloquence against tyranny. Such was the period during which the Servitude volontaire was to play an extraordinary role. An English translation, the only one before the rendering contained in this book, appeared in London in It is the stupid and cowardly who are neither able to endure hardship nor to vindicate their rights; they stop at merely longing for them, and lose through timidity the valor roused by the effort to claim their rights, although the desire to enjoy them still remains as part of their nature.


It was natural for Montaigne, who was two years younger, to look up to the colleague whose tract on Voluntary Servitude he had already read in manuscript. Darius, the father of Xerxes, had made a similar incursion into Greece but was stopped at Marathon.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Baraa rated it did not like it Apr 25, Moreover, even admitting that favorites may at times escape from the hands of him they serve, they are never safe from the ruler who comes after him.

If he had said nothing further than “I see no good in having several lords,” it would have been well spoken. A longing common to both the wise and the foolish, to brave men and to cowards, is this longing for all those things which, when acquired, would make them happy and contented. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from December Articles with permanently dead external links Articles containing French-language text Articles with French-language external links Articles with Dutch-language external links Articles with German-language external links.

Etienne de La Boetie: Discours de La Servitude Volontaire

In other projects Wikiquote. The editor has discovered only one copy of this in the United States. And why all this?

Whereupon the young lad said to his teacher, “Why don’t you give me a dagger? If we are to believe the Sybil of Virgil, Salmoneus, [36] in torment for having paraded as Jupiter in older to deceive the populace, now atones in nethermost Hell:.

For them slavery has no satisfactions, no matter how well disguised. To him, the great mystery of politics was obedience to rulers. Similarly, the more tyrants pillage, the more they crave, the more they ruin and destroy; the more one yields to them, and obeys them, by that much do they become mightier and more formidable, the readier to annihilate and destroy.

Let us raise our eyes to Heaven for the sake of our honor, for the very love of virtue, or, to speak wisely, for the love and praise of God Almighty, who is the infallible witness of our deeds and the just judge of our faults.

What is the nature of this misfortune? Guigas rated it did not like it May 05, By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Book ratings by Goodreads. Other and later undertakings against the Roman emperors were merely plottings of ambitious people, who deserve no pity for the misfortunes that overtook them, for it is evident that they sought not to destroy, but merely to usurp the crown, scheming to drive away the tyrant, but to retain tyranny.


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Place on one side fifty thousand armed men, and on the other the same number; let them join in disciurs, one side fighting to retain its liberty, the other to take it away; to which would you, at a guess, promise victory?

A little later he was entrusted with the delicate mission of traveling to Paris to petition the king, Henry II, for special financial arrangements for the regular payment of the salaries of the court. I am myself especially indebted to the essay on Servitude, for it became the means of our first acquaintance.

I cannot believe they would have failed to recognize their warts and to have conceived some shame for their blotches. One never pines for what he has never known; longing comes only after enjoyment and constitutes, amidst the experience of sorrow, the memory of past joy.

This question, however, can remain for another time and would really require a separate treatment involving by its very volontajre all sorts of political discussion. Let us therefore admit that all those things to which he is trained and accustomed seem natural to volojtaire and that only that is truly native to him which he receives with his primitive, untrained individuality.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Cato the Utican, [19] while still a child under the rod, could come and go in the house of Sylla the despot. But to come back to the thread of our discourse, which I have practically lost: Therefore, when a nation is constrained by the fortune of war to serve a single clique, as happened when the city of Athens served the thirty Tyrants, [4] one should not be amazed that the nation obeys, but simply be grieved by the situation; or rather, instead of being amazed or saddened, consider patiently the evil and look forward hopefully toward a happier future.