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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Antoine Berryer

  • [A French advocate and orator, of whose first appearance Royer-Collard said, “This is not merely a talent, it is a power;” born 1790; deputy, 1830; member of the Academy, 1852; opposed the coup d’état, and retired from public life; died 1868.]
  • I have consecrated my life to the defence of the old alliance of royalty and liberty.

  • The political profession of faith of the noted advocate, who was strongly attached to the Legitimist party. At another time he said, “I am a royalist, because I am a patriot.”
  • A man has always the voice of his mind. A mind clear, distinct, firm, generous, a little disdainful, displays all these characteristics in its voice.

    There are no ugly women: there are only women who do not know how to look pretty.

  • Nothing was more characteristic of Berryer than gallantry.
  • Bankruptcy or death.

  • When the Austrian Archduke Maximilian was induced to lend himself to the Emperor Napoleon’s scheme of an empire in Mexico, Berryer exclaimed, “You are leading an archduke from Austria to Mexico: what fate are you reserving for this child of your victories,—bankruptcy or death?” On the withdrawal of the French troops, the Emperor Maximilian was shot, June 19, 1867.