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


Carried the idea of the prerogative of

rank to a high pitch

Common and blamable practice of


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


If ever I establish a republic of


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


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


No ears that will discover when she

(The Princess) is out of tune

None but little minds dreaded little


Observe the least pretension on account

of the rank or fortune

Of course I shall be either hissed or


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


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,


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:


Was but one brilliant action that she

could perform

We must have obedience, and no


Well, this is royally ill played!

What do young women stand in need


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


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