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Daniel Auber - tea & ashes

One day, while having tea with Daniel Auber, Prince Metternich, a chain-smoker in desperate need of an ashtray, asked if he might drop some ashes into Auber's saucer. "Certainement," Auber instantly replied, "mais j'aime mon the mieux que des cendres" (but I like my tea better than ashes), a clever pun on the customary "j'aime monter mieux que descendre" (I like rising better than descending).

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