Madame De Maintenon, Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan

Madame
De Maintenon, Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan
1641
1707

French Celebrated Consort of King Louis XIV of France who secretly married the king after the death of his first wife and bore seven of his children, wife of Louis Henri de Pardaillan de Gondrin

Author Quotes

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

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

Sin is not so sinful as hypocrisy.

The height of power in women, so far as manners are concerned, rests in tranquility.

All pleasures are commendable that do not culminate in regret.

The scars of the body?what are they, compared to the hidden ones of the heart?

Behold the fine appointment he makes with me; that man never did love anyone but himself.

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.

Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.

Delicacy is to affectation what grace is to beauty.

Evil report, like the Italian stiletto, is an assassin?s weapon, worthy only of the bravo.

Hope says to us constantly, ?Go on, go on,? and leads us thus to the grave.

In society mediocrity is not alone dangerous, it is fatal.

It is not the absence, but the mastery, of our passions which affords happiness.

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.

Nothing is more adroit than irreproachable conduct.

One triumphs over calumny only by disdaining it.

Parley and surrender signify the same thing where virtue is concerned.

There is an important difference between love and friendship. While the former delights in extremes and opposites, the latter demands equality.

The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.

Who would venture upon the journey of life, if compelled to begin it at the end?

In manners, tranquillity is the supreme power.

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First Name
Madame
Last Name
De Maintenon, Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan
Birth Date
1641
Death Date
1707
Bio

French Celebrated Consort of King Louis XIV of France who secretly married the king after the death of his first wife and bore seven of his children, wife of Louis Henri de Pardaillan de Gondrin