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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Duc de Luxembourg
 
        [François Henri de Montmorenci, a French general; born in Paris, 1628; served with his cousin Condé against France, 1653–59; pardoned by Louis XIV., he invaded Holland, 1672; marshal of France, 1675; defeated William III. at Steenkerke and Neerwinden, 1691–93; died January, 1695.]
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He has never seen my back.
          Luxembourg, like Prince Eugene, was not favored by nature for the great part he was to play. When he heard that his rival William III. of England, had called him a humpback, he replied, “How can he know that, when he has never seen my back, although I have often seen his?”
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