Charles M. De Talleyrand Quotes

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (/?tæl??rænd ?p?r?????r/; French: [?a?l mo?is d? tal(?)??? pe?i???]; 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. He worked at the highest levels of successive French governments, most commonly as foreign minister or in some other diplomatic capacity. His career spanned the regimes of Louis XVI, the years of the French Revolution, Napoleon, Louis XVIII, and Louis-Philippe. Those he served often distrusted Talleyrand but, like Napoleon, found him extremely useful. The name "Talleyrand" has become a byword for crafty, cynical diplomacy.

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Charles M. De Talleyrand


“The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pygmy in its proportions when it follows”

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“A diplomat who says “yes” means “maybe", a diplomat who says “maybe" means “no”, and a diplomat who says “no” is no diplomat.”

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“(America) A country with thirty religions and only one sauce”

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“This is worse than a crime, it's a blunder”

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“Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.”

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“There is one body that knows more than anybody, and that is everybody”

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

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“Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always good.”

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“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily”

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“War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men”

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“Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.”

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“It is the beginning of the end”

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“I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.”

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“Black as the devil, Hot as hell, Pure as an angel, Sweet as love”

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“A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars.”

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