Charles Maurice de Talleyrand - Quotes

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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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts. ---->>>

Since the masses are always eager to believe something, for their benefit nothing is so easy to arrange as facts. ---->>>

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits. ---->>>

Without freedom of the press, there can be no representative government. ---->>>

If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another. ---->>>

Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour. ---->>>

Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man. ---->>>

A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars. ---->>>

Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime. ---->>>

Ones reputation is like a shadow, it is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows. ---->>>

War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men. ---->>>

Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always good. ---->>>

The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence. ---->>>

Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: February 2, 1754
Birthplace:
Die: May 17, 1838
Occupation: Diplomat
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Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (; French: [ʃaʁl moʁis də tal(ɛ)ʁɑ̃ peʁiɡɔʁ]; 2 February 1754 – 17 May 1838), Prince of Benevento, then Prince of Talleyrand, was a laicized French bishop, politician, and diplomat. After theology studies, he became in 1780 Agent-General of the Clergy and represented the Catholic Church to the French Crown (wikipedia)