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


  • [Henri, Vicomte de la Tour d’Auvergne de Turenne, a celebrated French general; born at Sedan, Sept. 11, 1611; gained with Condé the victory of Nordlingen, 1645; marshal of France, 1643; defeated Condé, who had joined the Spaniards; invaded Holland, 1672; ravaged the Palatinate, 1674; killed at Salzbach, July, 1675.]
  • Your finger is not a bridge.

  • To Louvois, the French minister, who was pointing out on a map the proper place to cross a river. The story is told of Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar, the leader of the Protestants in the Thirty Years’ War after the death of Gustavus Adolphus, that he replied to Père Joseph, the confidential agent of Richelieu, who was pointing out with his finger on a map certain cities which the cardinal expected Bernhard to take, “Cities are not taken with the finger.”