de Maistre on Rousseau

I’ve been reading Against the Current, a collection of essays by Isaiah Berlin.  In an essay on the “counter-enlightenment”, I came across this delightful quote:

Rousseau asks why it is that man, who was born free, is nevertheless everywhere in chains; one might as well ask, says de Maistre, why it is that sheep, who are born carnivorous, nevertheless everywhere nibble grass.

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