Talleyrand: A Biographical Study

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Appleton, 1907 - 373 pages

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Page 359 - In all the transactions in which I have been engaged with prince Talleyrand, no man could have conducted himself with more firmness and ability in regard to his own country, or with more uprightness and honor in all his communications with the ministers of other countries, than prince Talleyrand.
Page 257 - Tous ces crimes d'Etat qu'on fait pour la couronne, Le Ciel nous en absout alors qu'il nous la donne, Et, dans le sacré rang où sa faveur l'a mis, Le passé devient juste, et l'avenir permis.
Page 359 - Holland added, that no man's private character had been more shamefully traduced,andno man's public character more mistaken and misrepresented, than the private and public character of prince Talleyrand. The Jacobins furnished the expenses of printing this paper, the object of which was to excite the indignation of the populace against Louis XVI and his ministers. Tallien soon became one of the most popular men of the revolutionary party, and was deeply concerned in the terrible commotions of the...
Page 27 - True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self; and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions; it loves shade and solitude, and naturally haunts groves and fountains, fields and meadows; in short, it feels...
Page 211 - ... for all the declamation in the world; ingenious topics, fine comparisons, cases in point, epigrammatic sentences, all passed innocuous over his head. So the storms of passion blew unheeded past one whose temper nothing could ruffle, and whose path towards his object nothing could obstruct. It was a lesson and a study, as well as a marvel, to see him disconcert, with a look of his keen eye, or a motion of his chin, a whole piece of wordy talk...
Page 246 - I hate the English as much as you do, and I will second you in all your actions against them." Such are said to have been the words with which Alexander greeted Napoleon as they stepped on to the raft. Whereupon the conqueror replied: "In that case all can be arranged and peace is...
Page 277 - You do not even believe in God. You have betrayed and deceived everybody. You would sell even your own father.
Page 155 - ... from the neutrality thus to be purchased. He said, that the receipt of the money might be so disguised as 'to prevent its being considered as a breach of neutrality by England ; and thus save us from being embroiled with that power. Concerning the twelve hundred thousand livres little was said ; that being completely understood, on all sides, to be required for the officers of government, and therefore needing no further explanation.
Page 206 - Autun, which you formerly governed ; we grant you, moreover, the liberty to wear ^he secular costume, and to administer all civil affairs, whether in the office you now fill, or in others to which your government may call you." This brief was taken by M. de Talleyrand as a permission to become a layman, and even to take a wife. The lady he married — born in the East Indies, and divorced from M.
Page 265 - You did not tell me that the Duke of San Carlos was your wife's lover,' Talleyrand quietly retorted, ' I did not think it redounded either to your Majesty's honour or mine.

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