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Ten spicy and witty lines to argue with panache


QUIZ - Writers, politicians and artists have been eloquent in their skirmishes. Test your knowledge of their art of repartee.

A good word, a clever twist, a touch of cynicism ... Mix these ingredients, sprinkled with a sprig of wit, and you will have the perfect recipe to kick your opponent in touch.

The art of arguing with panache is ancestral.

Politicians, philosophers, writers, actors ... They shone with creativity in this area.

In his work

Anthologie de la repartee

(Le Recherches-Midi, 2019), Julien Colliat collects their features of humor and wit, from Antiquity to the present day.

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For example, we read this anecdote: the Duke of Épernon, admiral and adviser to Henri III, continued to see his influence reduced at court, in favor of that of Cardinal Richelieu.

One day as he was going down the stairs of the Château de Saint-Germain, Richelieu passed him while climbing the steps and said to him:

"What news, Monsieur le Duc?"


Épernon answered him, furious:

"Nothing, except that you go up and that I go down"


We also learn about this more recent story.

Mary Marquet, a French actress, was sitting at a dinner party next to a confusingly shy neighbor.

He finally dared to say a word to her, when an English plate arrived:

"Do you like pickles?"


She retorted,

"Should I take this as a statement?"


The art of repartee is subtle, delicate.

The editorial team invites you to rediscover these spicy phrases that have marked history.

To have, in your turn ... the last word.

Will you get 10/10?

Source: lefigaro

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