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Georges Clemenceau

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There are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré.
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Referring to his rival Raymond Poincaré, as quoted in Paris 1919 : Six Months That Changed the World (2003) by Margaret MacMillan, p. 33

 
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