If Saint-Simon had tried to write with academic correctness—and even if he had succeeded—he certainly would have spoilt his book.
What Comte needed, he took from Saint-Simon as if it were his own.
Saint-Simon speaks of him as a man who was fond of books and knew both Italian and Spanish.
And he is the most seductive spiller of souls since Saint-Simon.
But he derived from Saint-Simon much more than the stimulation of his thoughts in a certain direction.
Saint-Simon has spoken of Madame with truth and justice, as of a manly nature somewhat in keeping with his own.
Saint-Simon has also drawn a portrait of Father de la Tour and the painter has added nothing to the sketch of the writer.
Having discovered the clew to the process, Saint-Simon is able to predict.
But the doctrines propagated deviated ever more and more from Saint-Simon's original system.
It must not be forgotten that Saint-Simon was presented at Court in 1692.