François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis

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Cardinal de Bernis

François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis (22 May 17153 November 1794) was a French cardinal and statesman. He was the sixth member elected to occupy seat 3 of the Académie française in 1744.

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  • Le naturel est le sceau du génie.
    • Réflexions sur les passions et sur les goûts (1741).
    • Translation: Naturalness is the seal of genius.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 131.
  • On ne rit plus, on sourit aujourd'hui,
    Et nos plaisirs sont voisins a l'eunui.
    • Réflexions sur les passions et sur les goûts (1741).
    • Translation: To-day we only smile, we laugh no more,
      And e'en our very pleasures seem to bore.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 170.
  • Malheureux qui craint de rentrer
    Dans la retraite de son âme!
    Le coeur qui cherche a s'ignorer
    Redoute un censeur qui le blâme.
    • Les Quatre saisons, ou les Géorgiques françoises, poëme (1763), Chant IV.
    • Translation: Unhappy he who fears the deep
      Recesses of his soul to scan!
      The heart that from itself would hide
      Fears an unfriendly critic's ban.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 154.
  • L'amour sacré de la patrie.
    • Epítre sur les Mœurs.
    • Translation: The hallowed love of country.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 87.
  • Quel triste élève de la Grè
    Pourrait, en voyant sa beauté,
    Préférer les lis de Lucrèce,
    Et les paleurs de la sagesse,
    Aux roses de la volupté?
    • Le Matin.
    • Translation: What gloomy student of old Greece,
      As on her charms his gaze reposes,
      Would choose the lilies of Lucrece,
      Or virtue's garland colourless,
      In place of passion's roses?
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 192.

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