Great Throughts Treasury

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Madame de Maintenon, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, formerly Madame Scarron

Second Wife of Louis XIV of France, known as Madame Scarron during her first marriage

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

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

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

"We do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts."

"All pleasures are commendable that do not culminate in regret."

"Be on guard against the taste you have to mind. Too clever humiliates those who have little."

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

"Consolidate men, they listen; Consolidate women, they ‚pieront."

"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."

"For women, the sweetness is the best way to be right."

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

"In manners, tranquility is the supreme power."

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

"It is to be well advanced in the science of life that know suffering."

"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."

"Ladies , smile so that more later your wrinkles are well placed ."

"Nothing is less reasonable than wanting the children they are."

"Nothing is more easy than irreproachable conduct."

"Nothing is more reasonable to want the children to be."

"One triumphs over calumny only by disdaining it."

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

"People complain about the brevity of life, and all our efforts are to briefly."

"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 denial solves many of the problems of the existence female."

"The denial solves many problems of female existence."

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

"The jealousy of a heart of woman is the dark terror that his joy must end."

"The jealousy of a woman's heart is dark terror that his joy must end."

"The philosophy puts us above sizes, but nothing puts us above boredom."

"The sin is still better than the hypocrisy."

"The true way to soften his sentence is to relieve those of others."

"The women do must never forget that they are the slaves of opinion public."

"The world is a liar: he promises pleasures and only provides penalties."

"The world is a liar: we promise the pleasure and he gives as punishment."

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

"We complained about the brevity of life, and all our efforts tend to go short ."

"Women should never forget that they are a slave to public opinion."

"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."