MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD



A Gentleman at Paris





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Full Size At Cardinal Caprara's






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Napoleon Bonaparte 1810 -- Painting by Leroux






























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Cardinal Fesch






























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Pauline Bonaparte

A stranger to remorse and repentance,

as well as to honour



Accused of fanaticism, because she

refused to cohabit with him



All his creditors, denounced and

executed



All priests are to be proscribed as

criminals



As everywhere else, supported injustice

by violence



As confident and obstinate as ignorant



Bestowing on the Almighty the passions

of mortals



Bonaparte and his wife go now every

morning to hear Mass



Bonaparte dreads more the liberty of

the Press than all other



Bourrienne



Bow to their charlatanism as if it was

sublimity



Cannot be expressed, and if expressed,

would not be believed



Chevalier of the Guillotine: Toureaux



Complacency which may be felt, but

ought never to be published



Country where power forces the law to

lie dormant



Distinguished for their piety or

rewarded for their flattery



Easy to give places to men to whom

Nature has refused parts



Encounter with dignity and self-command

unbecoming provocations



Error to admit any neutrality at all



Expeditious justice, as it is called

here



Extravagances of a head filled with

paradoxes



Feeling, however, the want of

consolation in their misfortunes



Forced military men to kneel before

priests



French Revolution was fostered by

robbery and murder



Future effects dreaded from its past

enormities



General who is too fond of his life

ought never to enter a camp



Generals of Cabinets are often

indifferent captains in the field



God is only the invention of fear



Gold, changes black to white, guilt to

innocence



Hail their sophistry and imposture as

inspiration



He was too honest to judge soundly and

to act rightly



Her present Serene Idiot, as she styles

the Prince Borghese



Hero of great ambition and small

capacity: La Fayette



How many reputations are gained by an

impudent assurance



How much people talk about what they do

not comprehend



If Bonaparte is fond of flattery__pays

for it like a real Emperor



Indifference about futurity



Indifference of the French people to

all religion



Invention of new tortures and improved

racks



Irresolution and weakness in a

commander operate the same



Its pretensions rose in proportion to

the condescensions



Jealous of his wife as a lover of his

mistress



Justice is invoked in vain when the

criminal is powerful



Labour as much as possible in the dark



Love of life increase in proportion as

its real value diminishes



Marble lives longer than man



May change his habitations six times in

the month__yet be home



Men and women, old men and children are

no more



Military diplomacy



Misfortunes and proscription would not

only inspire courage



More vain than ambitious



My maid always sleeps with me when my

husband is absent



My means were the boundaries of my

wants



Napoleon invasion of States of the

American Commonwealth



Nature has destined him to obey, and

not to govern



Not suspected of any vices, but all his

virtues are negative



Not only portable guillotines, but

portable Jacobin clubs



Nothing was decided, though nothing was

refused



Now that she is old (as is generally

the case), turned devotee



One of the negative accomplices of the

criminal



Opinion almost constitutes half the

strength of armies



Prelate on whom Bonaparte intends to

confer the Roman tiara



Prepared to become your victim, but not

your accomplice



Presumptuous charlatan



Pretensions or passions of upstart

vanity



Pride of an insupportable and

outrageous ambition



Procure him after a useless life, a

glorious death



Promises of impostors or fools to

delude the ignorant



Prudence without weakness, and with

firmness without obstinacy



Saints supplied her with a finger, a

toe, or some other parts



Salaries as the men, under the name of

washerwomen



Satisfying himself with keeping three

mistresses only



Should our system of cringing continue

progressively



Sold cats' meat and tripe in the

streets of Rome



Step is but short from superstition to

infidelity



Sufferings of individuals, he said, are

nothing



Suspicion and tyranny are inseparable

companions



Suspicion is evidence



They will create some quarrel to

destroy you



They ought to be just before they are

generous



This is the age of upstarts," said

Talleyrand



Thought at least extraordinary, even by

our friends



Thought himself eloquent when only

insolent or impertinent



Two hundred and twenty thousand

prostitute licenses



Under the notion of being frank, are

rude



United States will be exposed to

Napoleon's outrages



Usurped the easy direction of ignorance



Vices or virtues of all civilized

nations are relatively the same



Want is the parent of industry



We are tired of everything, even of our

existence



Were my generals as great fools as some

of my Ministers



Which crime in power has interest to

render impenetrable



Who complains is shot as a conspirator



With us, unfortunately, suspicion is

the same as conviction



Would cease to rule the day he became

just



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