MEMOIRS OF MARIE ANTOINETTE



By Madame Campan





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Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.


















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Madam Campan


















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Louis XVI.

A man born solely to contradict



Advised the King not to separate

himself from his army



Ah, Madame, we have all been killed in

our masters' service!



Alas! her griefs double mine!



Allowed her candles and as much

firewood as she wanted



Better to die than to implicate anybody



Brought me her daughter Hortense de

Beauharnais



Carried the idea of the prerogative of

rank to a high pitch



Common and blamable practice of

indulgence



Condescension which renders approbation

more offensive



Customs are nearly equal to laws



Difference between brilliant theories

and the simplest practice



Dignified tone which alone secures the

respect due to power



Displaying her acquirements with rather

too much confidence



Duc d'Orleans, when called on to give

his vote for death of King



Elegant entertainments were given to

Doctor Franklin



Etiquette still existed at Court,

dignity alone was wanting



Extreme simplicity was the Queens first

and only real mistake



Fashion of wearing a black coat without

being in mourning



Favourite of a queen is not, in France,

a happy one



Formed rather to endure calamity with

patience than to contend



Grand-Dieu, mamma! will it be yesterday

over again?



Happiness does not dwell in palaces



He is afraid to command



His ruin was resolved on; they passed

to the order of the day



His seraglio in the Parc-aux-Cerfs



History of the man with the iron mask



How can I have any regret when I

partake your misfortunes



I hate all that savours of fanaticism



I do not like these rhapsodies



I love the conveniences of life too

well



If ever I establish a republic of

women....



Indulge in the pleasure of vice and

assume the credit of virtue



King (gave) the fatal order to the

Swiss to cease firing



La Fayette to rescue the royal family

and convey them to Rouen



Leave me in peace; be assured that I

can put no heir in danger



Louis Philippe, the usurper of the

inheritance of her family



Mirabeau forgot that it was more easy

to do harm than good



Most intriguing little Carmelite in the

kingdom



My father fortunately found a library

which amused him



Never shall a drop of French blood be

shed by my order



No one is more dangerous than a man

clothed with recent authority



No accounting for the caprices of a

woman



No ears that will discover when she

(The Princess) is out of tune



None but little minds dreaded little

books



Observe the least pretension on account

of the rank or fortune



Of course I shall be either hissed or

applauded.



On domestic management depends the

preservation of their fortune



Prevent disorder from organising itself



Princes thus accustomed to be treated

as divinities



Princess at 12 years was not mistress

of the whole alphabet



Rabble, always ready to insult genius,

virtue, and misfortune



Saw no other advantage in it than that

of saving her own life



She often carried her economy to a

degree of parsimony



Shocking to find so little a man in the

son of the Marechal



Shun all kinds of confidence



Simplicity of the Queen's toilet began

to be strongly censured



So many crimes perpetrated under that

name (liberty)



Spirit of party can degrade the

character of a nation



Subjecting the vanquished to be tried

by the conquerors



Taken pains only to render himself

beloved by his pupil



Tastes may change



That air of truth which always carries

conviction



The author (Beaumarchais) was sent to

prison soon afterwards



The Jesuits were suppressed



The three ministers, more ambitious

than amorous



The charge of extravagance



The emigrant party have their intrigues

and schemes



The King delighted to manage the most

disgraceful points



The anti-Austrian party, discontented

and vindictive



There is not one real patriot among all

this infamous horde



They say you live very poorly here,

Moliere



Those muskets were immediately embarked

and sold to the Americans



Those who did it should not pretend to

wish to remedy it



To be formally mistress, a husband had

to be found



True nobility, gentlemen, consists in

giving proofs of it



Ventured to give such rash advice:

inoculation



Was but one brilliant action that she

could perform



We must have obedience, and no

reasoning



Well, this is royally ill played!



What do young women stand in need

of?--Mothers!



When kings become prisoners they are

very near death



While the Queen was blamed, she was

blindly imitated



Whispered in his mother's ear, "Was

that right?"



"Would be a pity," she said, "to stop

when so fairly on the road"



Young Prince suffered from the rickets



Your swords have rusted in their

scabbards



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