Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

Cardinal Mazarin was a great knave, but no great man; much more cunning than able; scandalously false and dirtily greedy.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, "Miscellaneous Pieces," Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 324, London (1774).

Jules Marzarein (1602-1661), premier ministre of France during the regency of Anne of Austria, and reputedly the most powerful influence in the country, amassed a colossal fortune during their joint reign, thus justifying at least part of Chesterfield's indictment.
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