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Marguerite de Valois

  • ... I encountered the Duke of Guise who was quite satisfied with the feud he saw breaking out in our family; he, being a cautious man, hoped to collect the ruins from the ship's disaster.

  • ... distrust ... is the beginning of hatred.

  • ... Prudence advises us to use our enemies as if one day they might be friends.

  • ... envy and hatred fascinate the eyes and never make them see things as they are.

  • Science conducts us, step by step, through the whole range of creation, until we arrive, at length, at God.

  • We shall all be perfectly virtuous when there is no longer any flesh on our bones.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in Kate Sanborn, ed., The Wit of Women ()
  • In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • There is no greater fool than the man who thinks himself wise; no one is wiser than he who suspects he is a fool.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • A woman of honor should not suspect another of things she would not do herself.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • Extreme concupiscence may be found under extreme austerity.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • Love works miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and strengthening the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favoring the passions, destroying reason, and, in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()

Marguerite de Valois, French queen, diarist

(1553 - 1615)