French Journalist, Author, Wife of Émile de Giardin, Daughter of Sophie Gay
"Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired."
"Self-interest, that leprosy of the age, attacks us from infancy, and we are startled to observe little heads calculate before knowing how to reflect."
"To love one who loves you, to admire one who admires you, in a word to be the idol of one’s idol - is exceeding the limit of human joy; it is stealing fire from heaven, and deserves death."
"The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory, and to save an empire."