Citáty Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

„They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

and variations
Recognized since the 19th century as a borrowing, possibly used by Talleyrand, from a 1796 letter to Mallet du Pan by French naval officer Charles Louis Etienne, Chevalier de Panat: Personne n'est corrigé; personne n'a su ni rien oublier ni rien apprendre. "Nobody has been corrected; no one has known to forget, nor yet to learn anything."
Sources: Craufurd Tate Ramage Ll.D.Beautiful thoughts from French and Italian authors, E. Howell (1866)
Misattributed

„It is not an event, it is a piece of news.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Ce n'est pas un événement, c'est une nouvelle.
On hearing of Napoleon's death; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).

„I know where there is more wisdom than is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers present and to come — in public opinion.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Originál: (fr) Je connais quelqu'un qui a plus d'esprit que Napoléon, que Voltaire, que tous les ministres présents et futurs: c'est l'opinion.

In the Chamber of Peers (1821); reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 570.

„It is the beginning of the end.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

C'est le commencement de la fin.
Ascribed to Talleyrand in The Hundred Days (1815); reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 66. Also attributed to General Augereau.

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

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, monsieur? Hélas! quelle triste vieilesse vous vous préparez!
Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 90.

„Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Noir comme le diable, chaud comme l'enfer, pur comme un ange, doux comme l'amour.
frequently misattributed to Talleyrand, no primary source exists, its not his style of speech, and he famously drank tea not coffee.
Misattributed

„Whoever did not live in the years neighboring 1789 does not know what the pleasure of living means.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Qui n'a pas vécu dans les années voisines de 1789 ne sait pas ce que c'est le plaisir de vivre.
Reported in Memoirs pour Servir a l'histoire de nous Temps by François Guizot, Volume I, p. 6.

„It is worse than a crime, it is a mistake.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

C'est pire qu'un crime, c'est une faute.
Reaction to the 1804 drumhead trial and execution of Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien, on orders of Napoleon. Actually said by either Antoine Boulay de la Meurthe, legislative deputy from Meurthe (according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations) or Joseph Fouché, Napoleon's chief of police (according to John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), http://www.bartleby.com/100/758.1.html).
Misattributed

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