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Magnifique ... Guerre

“Cest magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre.” Admirable, but not according to rule. The comment of Marshal Canrobert on the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.

“It is because the clergy, as a class, are animated by a high ideal ... that they, as a class, are incomparably better than they need be ... C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre.” —Nineteenth Century, April, 1866.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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