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CHARLES MAURICE DE TALLEYRAND-PERIGORD
French diplomat and statesman
(1754 - 1838)

A clever woman often compromises her husband; a stupid woman only compromises herself.
      - [Women]

A court is an assemblage of noble and distinguished beggars.
      - [Court]

Beauty, devoid of grace, is a mere hook without the bait.
      - [Grace]

He who cannot feel friendship is alike incapable of love. Let a woman beware of the man who owns that he loves no one but herself.
      - [Friendship]

It is not an event, it is a piece of news.
  [Fr., Ce n'est pas un evenement, c'est une nouvelle.]
      - on hearing of Napoleon's death [News]

Love is a reality which is born in the fairy region of romance.
      - [Love]

Methods are the masters of masters.
      - [Method]

Not too much zeal.
      - [Zeal]

Nothing succeeds so well as success.
      - [Success]

She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.
      - [Friendship]

Society is divided into two classes: the shearers and the shorn. We should always be with the former against the latter.
      - [Society]

Speech is a faculty given to man to conceal his thoughts.
      - [Speech]

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.
  [Fr., La parole a ete donnce a l'homme pour deguiser sa pensee.]
      - attributed to, by Barrere in "Memoirs"
        [Proverbs : Speech]

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.
      - [Blushes]

The love of glory can only create a great hero; the contempt of it creates great man.
      - [Glory]

The reputation of a man is like his shadow,--gigantic when "it precedes him, and pygmy in its proportions when it follows.
      - [Reputation]

The rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.
      - [Flattery]

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.
      - [Discernment]

Too much sensibility creates unhappiness, too much insensibility creates crime.
      - [Sensibility]

Whoever did not live in the years neighboring 1789 does not know what the pleasure of living means.
  [Fr., Qui n'a pas vecu dans les annees voisines de 1789 ne sait pas ce que c'est le palisir de vivre.]
      - said to Guizot, in Guizot's "Memoirs pour Servir a l'histoire de nour Temps", vol. I, p. 6
        [Life]

You do not play then at whist, sir? Alas, what a sad old age you are preparing for yourself!
  [Fr., Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, monsieur? Helas! quelle triste vieilesse vous vous preparez!
      - [Cards]

It is the beginning of the end.
  [Fr., C'est le commencement de al fin.]
      - ascribed to Hundred Days [Beginnings]

I know where there is more wisdom that is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers resent and to come--in public opinion.
  [Fr., Je connais quelqu'un qui a plus d'esprit que Napoleon, que Voltaire, que tous les ministres presents et futurs: c'est l'opinion.]
      - In the Chamber of Peers [Opinion]


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