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NINON DE L'ENCLOS (REAL NAME ANNE L'ENCLOS)
French society figure and courtesan
(1620 - 1705)
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A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
      - [Deceit]

A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
      - [Influence]

Alas, for the treachery of opportunity!
      - [Opportunity]

Awkwardness in full dress.
      - [Bashfulness]

Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.
      - [Ennui]

Equality is the share of every one at their advent upon earth, and equality is also theirs when placed beneath it.
      - [Equality]

Firmness is great; persistency is greater.
      - [Firmness]

Friendship should be in the singular; it can be no more plural than love.
      - [Friendship]

Gentleness! more powerful than Hercules.
      - [Gentleness]

Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
      - [Eyes]

Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
      - [Gossip]

Hatred is nearly always honest--rarely, if ever, assumed. So much cannot be said for love.
      - [Hatred]

Inconstancy is the child of satiety.
      - [Inconstancy]

Indiscretion and wickedness, be it known, are first cousins.
      - [Indiscretion]

Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
      - [Love]

Memory is ever active, ever true. Alas, if it were only as easy to forget!
      - [Memory]

Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
      - [Novelty]

Oaths are the counterfeit money with which we pay the sacrifice of love.
      - [Oaths]

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good but that which is good is always beautiful.
      - [Beauty]

The blossom of love.
      - [Kisses]

The less heart, the more comfort.
      - [Heart]

The passions do not die out; they burn out.
      - [Passion]

The secret known to two is no longer a secret.
      - [Secrecy]

There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
      - [Perfection]

There are other things besides beauty with which to captivate the hearts of men. The Italians have a saying: "Fair is not fair, but that which pleaseth."
      - [Attractiveness]


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