Jules Mazarin (; 1602–1661), born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino or Mazarini, was an Italian and French cardinal, diplomat, and politician, who served as the chief minister of France from 1642 until his death. Mazarin succeeded his mentor, Cardinal Richelieu. He was a noted collector of art and jewels, particularly diamonds, and he bequeathed the "Mazarin diamonds" to Louis XIV in 1661, some of which remain in the collection of the Louvre museum in Paris. His personal library was the origin of the Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris.
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“Cardinal Mazarin was a great knave, but no great man; much more cunning than able; scandalously false and dirtily greedy.”
—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (16941773)
“Time and I against any two.”
Quoted by Cardinal Mazarin during the minority of Louis XIV.