By Cardinal de Retz

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Louis XIII.

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Anne of Austria

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Cardinal Richelieu

Always judged of actions by men, and

never men by their actions

Always to sacrifice the little affairs

to the greater

Arms which are not tempered by laws

quickly become anarchy

Associating patience with activity

Assurrance often supplies the room of

good sense

Blindness that make authority to

consist only in force

Bounty, which, though very often

secret, had the louder echo

Buckingham had been in love with three


By the means of a hundred pistoles

down, and vast promises

Civil war as not powerful enough to

conclude a peace

Civil war is one of those complicated


Clergy always great examples of slavish


Confounded the most weighty with the

most trifling

Contempt--the most dangerous disease of

any State

Dangerous to refuse presents from one's


Distinguished between bad and worse,

good and better

Fading flowers, which are fragrant

to-day and offensive tomorrow

False glory and false modesty

Fool in adversity and a knave in


Fools yield only when they cannot help


Good news should be employed in

providing against bad

He weighed everything, but fixed on


He knew how to put a good gloss upon

his failings

He had not a long view of what was

beyond his reach

Help to blind the rest of mankind, and

they even become blinder

His ideas were infinitely above his


His wit was far inferior to his courage

Impossible for her to live without

being in love with somebody

Inconvenience of popularity

Insinuation is of more service than

that of persuasion

Is there a greater in the world than

heading a party?

Kinds of fear only to be removed by

higher degrees of terror

Laws without the protection of arms

sink into contempt

Man that supposed everybody had a back


Maxims showed not great regard for


Mazarin: embezzling some nine millions

of the public money

Men of irresolution are apt to catch at

all overtures

More ambitious than was consistent with


My utmost to save other souls, though I

took no care of my own

Need of caution in what we say to our


Neither capable of governing nor being


Never had woman more contempt for

scruples and ceremonies

Nothing is so subject to delusion as


Oftener deceived by distrusting than by

being overcredulous

One piece of bad news seldom comes


Only way to acquire them is to show

that we do not value them

Passed for the author of events of

which I was only the prophet

Poverty so well became him

Power commonly keeps above ridicule

Pretended to a great deal more wit than

came to his share

Queen was adored much more for her

troubles than for her merit

She had nothing but beauty, which cloys

when it comes alone

So indiscreet as to boast of his

successful amours

Strongest may safely promise to the

weaker what he thinks fit

The subdivision of parties is generally

the ruin of all

The wisest fool he ever saw in his life

Those who carry more sail than ballast

Thought he always stood in need of


Transitory honour is mere smoke

Treated him as she did her petticoat

Useful man in a faction because of his

wonderful complacency

Vanity to love to be esteemed the first

author of things

Verily believed he was really the man

which he affected to be

Virtue for a man to confess a fault

than not to commit one

We are far more moved at the hearing of

old stories

Weakening and changing the laws of the


Who imagine the head of a party to be

their master

Whose vivacity supplied the want of


Wisdom in affairs of moment is nothing

without courage

With a design to do good, he did evil

Yet he gave more than he promised

You must know that, with us Princes,

words go for nothing

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