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Alexander A. Talleyrand-Perigord Quotes


French cardinal
(1736 - 1821)

A court is an assemblage of noble and distinguished beggars.
 

Behold eighty-three years passed away! What cares! what agitation! what anxieties! what ill-will! what sad complications! and all without other result except great fatigue of body and mind, and disgust with regard to the past, and a profound sentiment of discouragement and despair with regard to the future.
[Life]
 

I find that nonsense, at times, is singularly refreshing.
[Nonsense]
 

Methods are the masters of masters.
[Method]
 

Nothing succeeds so well as success.
[Success]
 

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

The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy 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]
 

There is one body that knows more than anybody, and that is everybody.
[Majority]
 

There is one person that is wiser than anybody, and that is everybody.
[Wisdom]
 

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; too much insensibility leads to crime.
[Sensibility]