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

Marie de Vihy-Chamrond

    He [Voltaire] has invented history. 1
    It is only the first step which costs. 2
          In reply to the Cardinal de Polignac.
Note 1.
Fournier: L’Esprit dans l’Histoire, p. 191. [back]
Note 2.
Voltaire writes to Madame du Deffand, January, 1764, that one of her bon-mots is quoted in the notes of “La Pucelle,” canto 1: “Il n’y a que le premier pas qui coûte.” [back]