Charles Alexandre de Calonne

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Portrait of de Calonne by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun 1784; London, Royal Collection)

Charles Alexandre de Calonne (20 January 1734, Douai – 30 October 1802, Paris) was a French statesman, best known for his involvement in the French Revolution.


  • Si cela n'est que difficile, c'est fait; si cela est impossible, nous verrons.
    • Translation: If it is only difficult, it is done; if it is impossible, we shall see.
    • Response to Marie Antoinette when she informed him that something she needed done might be difficult.
    • Quoted by François Guizot in Biographie Universelle, Volume 6 (1812)

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