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


Always has a fictitious malady in


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


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


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


Old Maintenon

Only your illegitimate daughter

Original manuscripts of the Memoirs of

Cardinal Retz

Provided they are talked of, they are


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


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


You never look in a mirror when you

pass it

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

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