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The attribution may well be apocryphal. In the Wikipedia entry on Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, the phrase is attributed to Richelieu himself, either in Mémoires or in Testament politique. However, I have been unable to find it in either of these texts (admittedly, just did a quick search). In the Bulletin du bibliophile, Volume 6 (1843), page 12, ...



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