THE MEMOIRS OF CARDINAL DE RETZ



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

Queens



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

diseases



Clergy always great examples of slavish

servitude



Confounded the most weighty with the

most trifling



Contempt--the most dangerous disease of

any State



Dangerous to refuse presents from one's

superiors



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

prosperity



Fools yield only when they cannot help

it



Good news should be employed in

providing against bad



He weighed everything, but fixed on

nothing



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

capacity



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

door



Maxims showed not great regard for

virtue



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

morality



My utmost to save other souls, though I

took no care of my own



Need of caution in what we say to our

friends



Neither capable of governing nor being

governed



Never had woman more contempt for

scruples and ceremonies



Nothing is so subject to delusion as

piety



Oftener deceived by distrusting than by

being overcredulous



One piece of bad news seldom comes

singly



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

apologies



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

land



Who imagine the head of a party to be

their master



Whose vivacity supplied the want of

judgment



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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