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

Marquis de Bièvre

  • [A French littérateur and wit, born 1747; published several dramas, and the “Almanac of Puns;” died 1789.]
  • Your majesty is not a subject (Votre majesté n’est pas un sujet).

  • To Louis XVI., who said to him, “You, who make puns on everybody, make one on me.”
  • When told that the Abbé Maury had distanced him in a contest for a seat in the French Academy, he replied,—
  • “Omnia vincit Amor, et nos cedamus amori” (à Maury).
  • VIRGIL, Eclogues, X., 69.