By Bourrienne

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A sect cannot be destroyed by cannon-


Ability in making it be supposed that

he really possessed talent

Absurdity of interfering with trifles

Admired him more for what he had the

fortitude not to do

Always proposing what he knew could not

be honourably acceded to

An old man's blessing never yet harmed

any one

Animated by an unlucky zeal

Buried for the purpose of being dug up

Calumny such powerful charms

Cause of war between the United States

and England

Conquest can only be regarded as the

genius of destruction

Demand everything, that you may obtain


Die young, and I shall have some

consolatory reflection

Every time we go to war with them we

teach them how to beat us

Every one cannot be an atheist who


Go to England.  The English like

wrangling politicians

God in his mercy has chosen Napoleon to

be his representative on earth

Grew more angry as his anger was less


Had neither learned nor forgotten


I have made sovereigns, but have not

wished to be one myself

I do not live--I merely exist


Immortality is the recollection one


Kings feel they are born general:

whatever else they cannot do

Kiss the feet of Popes provided their

hands are tied

Let women mind their knitting

Malice delights to blacken the

characters of prominent men

Manufacturers of phrases

More glorious to merit a sceptre than

to possess one

Most celebrated people lose on a close


Necessary to let men and things take

their course

Nothing is changed in France: there is

only one Frenchman more

Put some gold lace on the coats of my

virtuous republicans

Religion is useful to the Government

Rights of misfortune are always sacred

Something so seductive in popular


Strike their imaginations by

absurdities than by rational ideas

Submit to events, that he might appear

to command them

Tendency to sell the skin of the bear

before killing him

That consolation which is always left

to the discontented

The boudoir was often stronger than the


The wish and the reality were to him

one and the same thing

Those who are free from common

prejudices acquire others

To leave behind him no traces of his


Treaties of peace no less disastrous

than the wars

Treaty, according to custom, was called


Trifles honoured with too much


Were made friends of lest they should

become enemies

When a man has so much money he cannot

have got it honestly

Would enact the more in proportion as

we yield

Yield to illusion when the truth was

not satisfactory

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