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MME. FRANCOISE D'AUBIGNE DE MAINTENON
French writer and consort, mistress of Louis XIV
(1635 - 1719)

All pleasures are commendable that do not culminate in regret.
      - [Pleasure]

Behold the fine appointment he makes with me; that man never did love any one but himself.
  [Fr., Voyez le beau rendez-vous qu'il me donne; cet homme la n'a jamais aime que lui-meme.]
      - when Louis XIV, in dying said, "Nous nous renverrons bientot"
        [Self-love]

Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.
      - [Contempt]

Delicacy is to affectation what grace is to beauty.
      - [Delicacy]

Evil report, like the Italian stiletto, is an assassin's weapon, worthy only of the bravo.
      - [Evil]

Hope says to us constantly, "Go on, go on," and leads us thus to the grave.
      - [Hope]

In manners, tranquillity is the supreme power.
      - [Manners]

In society mediocrity is not alone dangerous, it is fatal.
      - [Society]

It is not the absence, but the mastery, of our passions which affords happiness.
      - [Passion]

It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.
      - [Enemies]

Nothing is more easy than irreproachable conduct.
      - [Virtue]

One triumphs over calumny only by disdaining it.
      - [Calumny]

Parley and surrender signify the same thing where virtue is concerned.
      - [Virtue]

Philosophy may raise us above grandeur, but nothing can elevate us above the ennui which accompanies it.
      - [Greatness]

Save those who fill the highest stations, I know of none more unfortunate than those who envy them.
      - [Envy]

Sin is not so sinful as hypocrisy.
      - [Hypocrisy]

The height of power in women, so far as manners are concerned, rests in tranquillity.
      - [Power]

The scars of the body--what are they, compared to the hidden ones of the heart?
      - [Scars]

The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
      - [Trouble]

There is this important difference between love and friendship: while the former delights in extremes and opposites, the latter demands equalities.
      - [Friendship]

You know that in everything women write there are always a thousand faults of grammar, but, with your permission, a harmony which is rare in the writings of men.
      - [Style]


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