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Madame Salvage

  • To give to a person whom we love, and whom we are soon to lose, a care that is perfectly ineffectual; to seek to alleviate sharp and almost continual suffering, and only succeed very imperfectly; to try unceasingly to inspire hopes that we ourselves no longer cherish, — ah! believe me, this is frightful, and one would cheerfully give up life itself.

    • Madame Salvage,
    • letter, 1837, in Isaphene M. Luyster, ed., Memoirs and Correspondence of Madame Récamier1867)

Madame Salvage