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Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, 1754-1838 ,  French statesman & diplomat
TalleyrandCharles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Bénévent was a French statesman and diplomat noted for his capacity for political survival, who held high office during the French Revolution, later under Napoleon, also, at the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, and under King Louis-Philippe.
The name “Talleyrand” has become a byword for crafty, cynical diplomacy.

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This is not an event, it is a piece of news.

Whoever did not live in the years neighboring 1789 does not know what the pleasure of living means.

The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence.

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.

If you wish to be popular in society consent to be taught many things you already know.

A woman will sometimes forgive the man who tries to seduce her, but never the man who misses an opportunity when offered.

An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.

The art of putting the right men in the right places is first in the science of government; but that of finding places for the discontented is the most difficult.

The rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.

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

Politics is the systematic cultivation of hatred.

Nothing succeeds so well as success.

Beauty, devoid of grace, is a mere hook without the bait.

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

Above all, not too much zeal.

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

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

This is worse than a crime, it's a mistake.

A married man with a family will do anything for money.

They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

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