Famous Creative Women Quotations from . . .

Marie de Sevigne
(1626-1696) born on
Feb 5
French diarist. She was a prolific correspondent whose 1700 letters to her daughter reflected the social history of the reign of Louis XIV.

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F
"When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it."

R
It is sometimes best to slip over thoughts and not go to the bottom of them.
(Il faut glisser sur les penseÚs et ne pas les approfondir.)
A
". . .the most astonishing, the most surprising, the most marvelous, the most miraculous. . . the greatest, the least, the rarest, the most common, the most public, the most private till today. . . I cannot bring myself to tell you: guess what it is."
N
". . . this life is a perpetual chequer-work of good and evil, pleasure and pain. When in possession of what we desire, we are only so much the nearer losing it; and when at a distance from it, we live in expectation of enjoying it again."
K
"We like so much to hear people talk of us and of our motives, that we are charmed even when they abuse us."

 



Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F:  ""Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811."
R: ""Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811."
A: "Letter to M. de Coulanges, "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811."
N: "22 Sep 1680, "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811."
K: ""Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811."


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