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

Duc de Luxembourg

  • [François Henri de Montmorenci, a French general; born in Paris, 1628; served with his cousin Condé against France, 1653–59; pardoned by Louis XIV., he invaded Holland, 1672; marshal of France, 1675; defeated William III. at Steenkerke and Neerwinden, 1691–93; died January, 1695.]
  • He has never seen my back.

  • Luxembourg, like Prince Eugene, was not favored by nature for the great part he was to play. When he heard that his rival William III. of England, had called him a humpback, he replied, “How can he know that, when he has never seen my back, although I have often seen his?”