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I deliberately picked out this sentence and like it as it is. It may not be a helpful mantra for soldiers; hence it's part of Cioran's criticism.

I do not believe that those who win a battle are categorically right. Patriotism will 'win' wars but harm a person's soul; "rien ne blesse plus l'intelligence que le patriotisme".

In how far does C.'s criticism also harbour admiration for the French? Isn't it full of admiration?

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Thu Jun 11th, 2009 at 05:40:21 PM EST
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