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Eh bien! C’est moi!

Political invective knows no boundaries, of course, but Latin countries bring their own particular spices to the feast.  Here is a list of things Talleyrand was accused of being at various stages of his long and lucky life (1754-1838), shown … Continue reading

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Perfectionism

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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