Memoirs of C.M. Talleyrand de Périgord: Containing the Particulars of His Private and Public Life

H.S. Nichols, 1895

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Page vi - Qu'on parle mal ou bien du fameux Cardinal, Ma prose ni mes vers n'en diront jamais rien : II m'a fait trop de bien pour en dire du mal, II m'a fait trop de mal pour en dire du bien.
Page 177 - The grand seignior wars for himself, and for himself makes peace. He can trust his own slaves, servants, and subjects ; he knows their faith, has experienced their virtue, and can rely upon their fidelity — a virtue long since banished your corner of Europe. If all other Christians tell truth, no reliance is to be had on Kngland; she buys and sells all mankind.
Page 113 - S'il est après ma mort quelque reste de moi , Ce reste un peu plus tard , suivra la même loi , Fera place à son tour à dé nouvelles choses , Et se replongera dans le sein de ses causes.
Page 186 - I have sent to you, you will, nevertheless, perceive that, by associating in the mission with him M. de Talleyrand, who, by the letter of the Constitution, can sustain no public character, I consider the success of the...
Page 113 - Ah ! voyons dans la mort la fm de tous nos maux. Ennemis irrités , armez votre vengeance , Le trépas me défend contre votre insolence. Grand Dieu ! votre courroux devient même impuissant, Et votre foudre en vain frappe mon monument ; La mort met à vos coups un éternel obstacle.
Page 178 - We have long lived in splendour, the first power on earth, and we glory in having triumphed for ages over Christian infidelity and depravity, mixed with all sorts of vice and hypocrisy. We adore the God of nature, and believe in Mahomet. You neither believe in the God you pretend to worship, nor in his Son, whom you call both your God and your prophet. What reliance can there be upon so sacrilegious a race ? You banish truth as you do virtue, from all your conduft and actions with each other. Read...
Page 55 - Tan, yourselves, gentlemen, have been able to judge, on many recent occasions, that the people have been misguided ; but the spirit which will animate your deliberations, will also evince the true sentiments of a generous nation, whose distinguished character has been the love of their prince. I shall banish from me every other sentiment. " I know the authority and power of a just king surrounded by a faithful people, at all times attached to the principles of monarchy ; these have occasioned the...
Page 54 - States-General; but although these assemblies have not for some time been held, I have not been dissuaded by the example of my late predecessors from re-establishing a custom by which the nation may earnestly hope to acquire new vigour, and which may be the means of opening to it an additional source of happiness.
Page 177 - For what reason do ye offer then to mediate for us with Russia ? Why seek ye to serve an empire of infidels, as ye call us mussulmen ? We want not your friendship, aid, or mediation. Your vizier, of whom you speak so highly, must have some project of deception in view, some oppressive scheme to amuse your nation, whom we are told are credulous, servile, and adorers only of money. Avarice, if we are well informed, is your chief characteristic.
Page 186 - Talleyrand, who, by the letter of the Constitution, can sustain no public character, I consider the success of the alliance, in which I wish you to concur with as much zeal as I do, as of the highest importance.

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