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Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand
French statesman and diplomat

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"They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, 1796, speaking of the Bourbon émigrés in exile

"It is worse than a crime; it is a blunder."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, referring to Napoleon's murder of the Duke of Enghien

"This is the beginning of the end."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, speaking of Napoleon's victory at Borodino (during the Russian campaign), 1812

"It is not an event; it is an item of news."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, on hearing of the death of Napoleon, 1821

"Above all, gentlemen, no excessive enthusiasm."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, giving advice to diplomats

"The allies are too frightened to fight each other, too stupid to agree."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand

"I found a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, referring to the United States

"Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand

"War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men."
-- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, attributed; quoted by French prime minister, Aristide Briand, during World War I

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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