Monthly Archives: January 2012


Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien. Voltaire Dictionnaire Philosophique(1764) (The best is enemy of the good) This has long been one of my favourite quotations.  Some translations prefer to substitute the word ‘perfect’ for the word ‘best’.  It works well … Continue reading

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Moliere breakfasts with Louis XIV

A plum: the great French playwright Molière gets an unexpected and extraordinary benefit from someone else’s misjudgement: an anecdote from Madame Campan‘s memoirs of the French court: Louis XIV and Moliere, via Wikipedia

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