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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Beaumarchais
 
  Be commonplace and cringing, and everything is within your reach.  1
  Ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d’être dit, on le chante—What is not worth the trouble of being said, may pass off very fairly when it is sung.  2
  Il fallait un calculateur, ce fut un danseur qui l’obtint—A financier was wanted, a dancingmaster got the post.  3
  Médiocre et rampant, et l’on arrive à tout—Be second-rate and fawning, and you may attain to anything.  4
  Qu’est-ce qu’un noble? Un homme qui s’est donné la peine de naître—What is a nobleman? A man who has given himself the trouble of being born.  5
  Que les gens de l’esprit sont bêtes—What silly people wits are!  6
  Tout finit par des chansons—Everything in the end passes into song.  7
 
 
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