„Success, which is not always a proof of merit, depends more often on the choice of a subject than on its execution.“
— Pierre Choderlos de Laclos French novelist, official and army general 1741 - 1803
Editor's Preface. Trans. P.W.K. Stone (1961). http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Les_Liaisons_dangereuses_-_Pr%C3%A9face_du_r%C3%A9dacteur This preface was written by Choderlos de Laclos in the guise of an editor.