Saturday, February 07, 2009

a propos Mme de RĂ©musat

He [Bonaparte] tried to wage a pen-and-ink war with the English press; he subsidized certain journals in London, expended a great deal of money, and deceived no one either in France or in England.

His great general principle, which he applied to everything, both small and great, was that there could be no zeal where there was no disquiet.

He [M. Maret] thus advanced his personal fortune at the expense of Europe [...]