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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9602
AUTHOR:Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise Du Deffand (1697–1780)
QUOTATION:It is only the first step which costs. 1
ATTRIBUTION:In reply to the Cardinal de Polignac.
 
Note 1.
Voltaire writes to Madame du Deffand, January, 1764, that one of her bon-mots is quoted in the notes of “La Pucelle,” canto 1: “Il n’y a que le premier pas qui coûte.” [back]
 

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