I have not been pope long enough to forget good manners.
When told, after holding his first reception on his elevation to the papacy, that he should not have returned the bows of the ambassadors.
Cardinal de Bernis, the French literary ecclesiastic, who told Cardinal Fleury that he would wait (vide), was said to be very much pleased at Ganganellis elevation. I can easily believe it, replied the latter: poets ought to love metamorphoses, alluding to those of Ovid.
When asked by a lady if he did not fear the indiscretion of his secretaries, the Pope replied, pointing to the fingers of his right hand, No, madam, and yet I have three.
Of Houdons strikingly life-like statue of St. Bruno, who founded the order of the Silent Carthusians, near Grenoble, where the Grande Chartreuse was afterwards built, Clement XIV. made a remark almost as celebrated as the statue itself, which is now in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli at Rome: He would speak, did not the rules of his house impose silence.