MEMOIRS OF LOUIS XIV



By Duchesse d'Orleans





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Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse D'Orleans and Her Children



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Louis Fourteenth














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The Regent and His Mother

A pious Capuchin explained her dream to

her



Always has a fictitious malady in

reserve



Art of satisfying people even while he

reproved their requests



Asked the King a hundred questions,

which is not the fashion



Bad company spoils good manners



Because the Queen has only the rinsings

of the glass



But all shame is extinct in France



Duc de Grammont, then Ambassador,

played the Confessor



Duplicity passes for wit, and frankness

is looked upon as folly



Even doubt whether he believes in the

existence of a God



Exclaimed so long against high

head-dresses



Follies and superstitions as the

rosaries and other things



Formerly the custom to swear horridly

on all occasions



Frequent and excessive bathing have

undermined her health



Great filthiness in the interior of

their houses



Great things originated from the most

insignificant trifles



He had good natural wit, but was

extremely ignorant



He always slept in the Queen's bed



He was a good sort of man,

notwithstanding his weaknesses



Her teeth were very ugly, being black

and broken (Queen)



Honour grows again as well as hair



I thought I should win it, and so I

lost it



I never take medicine but on urgent

occasions



I wished the husband not to be informed

of it



I have seldom been at a loss for

something to laugh at



I am unquestionably very ugly



I had a mind, he said, to commit one

sin, but not two



I formed a religion of my own



If I should die, shall I not have lived

long enough?



It is an unfortunate thing for a man

not to know himself



It was not permitted to argue with him



Jewels and decoration attract attention

(to the ugly)



Like will to like



Louis XIV. scarcely knew how to read

and write



Made his mistresses treat her with all

becoming respect



My husband proposed separate beds



No man more ignorant of religion than

the King was



Nobility becoming poor could not afford

to buy the high offices



Not lawful to investigate in matters of

religion



Old Maintenon



Only your illegitimate daughter



Original manuscripts of the Memoirs of

Cardinal Retz



Provided they are talked of, they are

satisfied



Robes battantes for the purpose of

concealing her pregnancy



Seeing myself look as ugly as I really

am (in a mirror)



She never could be agreeable to women



Since becoming Queen she had not had a

day of real happiness



So great a fear of hell had been

instilled into the King



Soon tired of war, and wishing to

return home (Louis XIV)



Stout, healthy girl of nineteen had no

other sins to confess



Subject to frequent fits of abstraction



That what he called love was mere

debauchery



The old woman (Madame Maintenon)



Throw his priest into the Necker



To tell the truth, I was never very

fond of having children



To die is the least event of my life

(Maintenon)



You never look in a mirror when you

pass it



You are a King; you weep, and yet I go



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