Charles Maurice 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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Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.

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Without freedom of the press, there can be no representative government.

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Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excess heat; the organ of thought receives from it a feeling of sympathy; work becomes easier and you will sit down without distress to your principal repast which will restore your body and afford you a calm, delicious night.

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Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.

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Espresso is to Italy, what champagne is to France.

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It is the beginning of the end. [Fr., C'est le commencement de al fin.]

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The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, - when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.

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Speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts.

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Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts. [Fr., La parole a ete donnce a l'homme pour deguiser sa pensee.]

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What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.

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Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not.

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Society is divided into two classes: the shearers and the shorn. We should always be with the former against the latter.

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Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters.

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Ones reputation is like a shadow, it is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows.

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A clever woman often compromises her husband; a stupid woman only compromises herself.

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