Note 1. Fournier asserts, on the written authority of Talleyrands brother, that the only breviary used by the ex-bishop was LImprovisateur Français, a compilation of anecdotes and bon-mots, in twenty-one duodecimo volumes. Whenever a good thing was wandering about in search of a parent, he adopted it; amongst others, Cest le commencement de la fin.
Note 8. The reply of Marshal MacMahon, in the trenches before the Malakoff, in the siege of Sebastopol, September, 1855, to the commander-in-chief, who had sent him word to beware of an explosion which might follow the retreat of the Russians. [back]
Note 9. Dulaure (History of Paris, 1863, p. 387) asserts that Louis XIV. interrupted a judge who used the expression, The king and the state, by saying, I am the state. [back]
Note 10. Said by General Pierre Bosquet of the charge of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaklava. [back]