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

Jean Soanen

  • [A French prelate and eloquent preacher; born at Riom, 1647; became bishop of Senez, 1695; suspended as a Jansenist, 1727; died 1740.]
  • The silence of the people is the lesson of kings!

  • When deprived by Louis XV. of his bishopric. This striking sentence was used also by Mirabeau, who, when told that Louis XVI. was about to visit the National Assembly, advised his reception “with a sullen respect;” adding, “Le silence du peuple est la leçon des rois.”