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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

9679 Misellaneous Translations John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Miscellaneous Translations
QUOTATION:Beginning of the end. 1
Note 1.
Fournier asserts, on the written authority of Talleyrand’s brother, that the only breviary used by the ex-bishop was “L’Improvisateur Français,” a compilation of anecdotes and bon-mots, in twenty-one duodecimo volumes. Whenever a good thing was wandering about in search of a parent, he adopted it; amongst others, “C’est le commencement de la fin.”

See Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quotation 29. [back]