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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Talleyrand
 
  C’est le commencement de la fin—It is the beginning of the end.    On the Hundred Days.  1
  Gratitude is a keen sense of favours to come.  2
  I find nonsense singularly refreshing.  3
  Ils n’ont rien appris, ni rien oublié—They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.    Of the Bourbons.  4
  Love is a reality which is born in the fairy region of romance.  5
  Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of it creates a great man.  6
  Methods are the masters of masters.  7
  Nothing succeeds like success.  8
  Society is divisible into two classes: shearers and shorn.  9
  Speech has been given to man to disguise his thought.  10
  Surtout, messieurs, pas de zèle—Above all, gentlemen, no zeal.  11
  The reputation of a man is like his shadow gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.  12
  Too much sensibility creates unhappiness; too much insensibility creates crime.  13
  Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, Monsieur? Hélas! quelle triste vieillesse vous vous préparez!—Not play at whist, sir? Alas! what a dreary old age you are preparing for yourself.  14
 
 
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