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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