By Madame de Montespan

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Madame de Valliere

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Madame de Maintenon

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All the death-in-life of a convent

Always sold at a loss which must be

sold at a given moment

Ambition puts a thick bandage over the


And then he would go off, laughing in

his sleeve

Armed with beauty and sarcasm

Cannot reconcile themselves to what


Conduct of the sort which cements and

revives attachments

Console me on the morrow for what had

troubled me to-day

Cuddlings and caresses of decrepitude

Depicting other figures she really

portrays her own

Domestics included two nurses, a

waiting-maid, a physician

Extravagant, without the means to be so

Grow like a dilapidated house; I am

only here to repair myself

Happy with him as a woman who takes her

husband's place can be

Hate me, but fear me

He contradicted me about trifles

He was not fool enough for his place

I myself being the first to make merry

at it (my plainness)

In the great world, a vague promise is

the same as a refusal

In Rome justice and religion always

rank second to politics

In ill-assorted unions, good sense or

good nature must intervene

In England a man is the absolute

proprietor of his wife

Intimacy, once broken, cannot be


It is easier to offend me than to

deceive me

Jealous without motive, and almost

without love

Kings only desire to be obeyed when

they command

Knew how to point the Bastille cannon

at the troops of the King

Laws will only be as so many black

lines on white paper

Love-affair between Mademoiselle de la

Valliere and the King

Madame de Sevigne

Madame de Montespan had died of an

attack of coquetry

Not show it off was as if one only

possessed a kennel

Permissible neither to applaud nor to


Poetry without rhapsody

Present princes and let those be

scandalised who will!

Respectful without servility

Satire without bitterness

Says all that he means, and resolutely

means all that he can say

She awaits your replies without


Situations in life where we are

condemned to see evil done

Talent without artifice

That Which Often It is Best to Ignore

The King replied that "too much was too


The monarch suddenly enough rejuvenated

his attire

The pulpit is in want of comedians;

they work wonders there

Then comes discouragement; after that,


There is an exaggeration in your sorrow

These liars in surplice, in black

cassock, or in purple

Time, the irresistible healer

Trust not in kings

Violent passion had changed to mere


Weeping just as if princes had not got

to die like anybody else

Went so far as to shed tears, his most

difficult feat of all

What they need is abstinence,

prohibitions, thwartings

When women rule their reign is always

stormy and troublous

When one has seen him, everything is


When one has been pretty, one imagines

that one is still so

Wife: property or of furniture, useful

to his house

Wish you had the generosity to show,

now and again, less wit

Women who misconduct themselves are

pitiless and severe

Won for himself a great name and great

wealth by words

Would you like to be a cardinal?  I can

manage that

You know, madame, that he generally

gets everything he wants

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