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09:49 Apr 1, 2002
French to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary
French term or phrase:Toujours en penser, jamais en parler
"Always think of it, never speak of it". This is a saying by Leon Gambetta (1838-82) who played an important role in French history around the time of the Franco-Prussian War. I would like to know in what context he said it. Would anyone know or could someone give me a French website that could help? Thank you very much!
Explanation: In October 1999, there was a conference on the French-Prussian war, where one of the contributors, Sylvie Aprile, maître de conférences à l'Université François-Rabelais de Tours selected this phrase as title for her summary of the 1870 war. There are several other hits, but Gambetta is not mentioned anywhere. (You might also try the other link, where you can contact research people specialising in social sciences + history.)
Many thanks to all contributors. Your answers made me doubt that the author of the phrase is really Leon Gambetta. -- I chose this answer, because it gives me the best lead to finding out what I need to know. Thank you again! Edith 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer