Charles Maurice De Talleyrand (1754-1838) quotes
- A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars.
- Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.
- I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
- If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another.
- Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.
- Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters.
- Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always good.
- Ones reputation is like a shadow, it is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows.
- The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.
- To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.
- Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.
- War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men.
- What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
- Without freedom fo the press, there can be no representative government.
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