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MADAME MARIE ANNE DU DEFFAND
French intellectual
(1697 - 1780)

A beautiful verse, an apt remark, or a well-turned phrase, appropriately quoted, is always effective and charming.
      - [Quotations]

Come, come, it's only the passions that make you think.
      - to Horace Walpole [Passion : Thinking]

Heed the still, small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.
      - [Conscience]

How happy one would be if one could throw off one's self as one throws off others!
      - [Self-denial]

Impromptu thoughts are mental wild-flowers.
      - [Thought]

Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary: one either progresses or retrogrades.
      - [Improvement]

The heart gnawing on itself.
      - [Hate]

What more would you have? He has invented history.
  [Fr., Que voulez-vous de plus? Il a invente l'histoire.]
      - said of Voltaire, who was accused by critics of lack of invention
        [History]

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.
      - [Weakness : Women]

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that costs.
  [Fr., La distance n'y fait rien; il n'y a que le premier pas qui coute.]
      - Letter to d'Alembert [Beginnings]


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