Quotes by Cardinal de Retz

Cardinal de Retz

French churchman and writer of memoirs

Alive from: 1613-1679

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Every man whom chance alone has, by some accident, made a public character, hardly ever fails of becoming, in a short time, a ridiculous private one.
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    It is even more damaging for a minister to say foolish things than to do them.
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    Most men only commit great crimes because of their scruples about petty ones.
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    She knew how to trust people... a rare quality, revealing a character far above average.
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    The man who can own up to his error is greater than he who merely knows how to avoid making it.
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    Weakness has many stages. There is a difference between feebleness by the impotency of the will, of the will to the resolution, of the resolution to the choice of means, of the choice of the means to the application.
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    Where princes are concerned, a man who is able to do good is as dangerous and almost as criminal as a man who intends to do evil.
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