Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Talleyrand and Fouché

Duff Cooper, Talleyrand's biographer, on the difference between Talleyrand and Fouché was that for the former: “politics meant the settlement of dynastic or international problems discussed in a ball-room or across the dinner-table; for Fouché the same word meant street-corner assassination, planned by masked conspirators in dark cellars.”

Charming individuals, no?

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