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I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.

Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) French statesman
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Paraphrase of the statement attributed to Alexander the Great: "I am never afraid of an army of lions led into battle by a lamb. I fear more the army of lambs who have a lion to lead them."

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

[L’art de mettre des hommes à leur place est le premier de la science de gouvernement; mais celui de trouver la place des mécontents est à coup sûr le plus difficile.]

Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) French statesman
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In Henry Lytton Bulwer, Influential Characters (1868)

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You do not play then at whist, sir! Alas, what a sad old age you are preparing for yourself!

[Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, monsieur? Hélas! quelle triste vieilesse vous vous préparez!]

Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) French statesman
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In Amédée Pichot, Souvenirs Intimes sur M. de Talleyrand, "Le Pour et le Contre" (1870).
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Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.

[Noir comme le diable, chaud comme l’enfer, pur comme un ange, doux comme l’amour.]

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Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) French statesman
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Elements of a good cup of coffee.
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A cup of coffee lightly tempered with good milk detracts Nothing from your intellect; on the contrary, your stomach is freed by it, and no longer distresses your brain: it will not hamper your mind with troubles, but give freedom to its working. Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excessive 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.

Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) French statesman
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If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.

Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) French statesman
Reminiscences of Prince Talleyrand (1850)
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