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Mata Hari

  • [Preparing to meet a firing squad in 1917:] Life is an illusion.

    • Mata Hari,
    • in Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, Woman's Almanac ()
  • I have encountered in this world riff-raff and good people. I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. But I beg you to believe me; I have never done an act of espionage against France. Never. Never.

    • Mata Hari,
    • in Russell Warren Howe, Mata Hari ()
  • My dance is a sacred poem in which each movement is a word and whose every word is underlined by music. The temple in which I dance can be vague or faithfully reproduced, for I am the temple.

    • Mata Hari,
    • in John S. Craig, Peculiar Liaisons: In War, Espionage, the Terrorism in the Twentieth Century ()
  • [To a sobbing religious accompanying her to her execution:] Do not cry. Be cheerful like me. Imagine that I am going on a long journey, that I will return and we will find each other again.

    • Mata Hari,
    • in Pat Shipman, Femme Fatale ()
  • With every veil I threw off, my success rose. Pretending to consider my dances very artistic and full of character, thus praising my art, they came to see nudity ...

    • Mata Hari,
    • in Pat Shipman, Femme Fatale ()

Mata Hari, Dutch dancer, alleged spy

(1876 - 1917)

Real name: Gertrud Margaretha Zelle MacLeod.