|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
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.
See Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Quotation 29. [back]
De laudace, encore de laudace, et toujours de laudaceDanton: Speech in the Legislative Assembly, 1792.
See Spenser, Quotation 5. [back]
This was the answer given in the roll-call of La Tour dAuvergnes regiment after his death. [back]
See Canning, Quotation 5. [back]
Les extrêmes se touchent.Mercier: Tableaux de Paris (1782), vol. iv. title of chap. 348. [back]
See Johnson, Quotation 76. [back]
See Plutarch, Quotation 30. [back]
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]
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]
Said by General Pierre Bosquet of the charge of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaklava. [back]