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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.

I find that nonsense, at times, is singularly refreshing.

Methods are the masters of masters.

Nothing succeeds so well as success.

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

The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.

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

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

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

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.