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date: 21 June 2024

Comte de Bussy-Rabutin 1618–93
French soldier and poet 

  1. Absence is to love what wind is to fire;
    It extinguishes the small, it kindles the great.
    Histoire Amoureuse des Gaules: Maximes d'Amour (1665) pt. 2; see Francis, la Rochefoucauld
  2. As you know, God is usually on the side of the big squadrons against the small.
    often quoted as ‘Providence is always on the side of the big battalions’
    letter to the Comte de Limoges, 18 October 1677; see Tacitus, Voltaire