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Marguerite de Navarre

  • Some there are who are much more ashamed of confessing a sin than of committing it.

  • Though jealousy be produced by love, as ashes are by fire, yet jealousy extinguishes love as ashes smother the flame ...

  • Blessed ... is he who has it in his power to do evil, yet does it not.

  • Man is wise ... when he recognizes no greater enemy than himself.

  • People pretend ... not to like grapes when they are too high for them to reach.

  • I have heard much of these languishing lovers, but I never yet saw one of them die for love.

Marguerite de Navarre, French queen, poet, writer, supporter of humanists and reformers

(1492 - 1549)

Also known as Marguerite d’Angoulême or Marguerite d’Alençon.