Cardinal Richelieu — French Clergyman born on September 09, 1585, died on December 04, 1642

Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu and of Fronsac, commonly referred to as Cardinal Richelieu, was a French clergyman, noble and statesman. He was consecrated as a bishop in 1607 and was appointed Foreign Secretary in 1616. Richelieu soon rose in both the Catholic Church and the French government, becoming a cardinal in 1622, and King Louis XIII's chief minister in 1624. He remained in office until his death in 1642; he was succeeded by Cardinal Mazarin, whose career he had fostered... (wikipedia)

To know how to dissimulate is the knowledge of kings.
Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state.
Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.